• Sam Hill during the Enduro World Series final in Italy. (Enduro World Series)Source: Enduro World Series
The Enduro World Series wrapped up with 500 riders tackling te highest peaks in Finale Liguria, Italy all the way to the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Cycling Central

3 Oct 2017 - 12:25 PM 

With a course that took in over 100km and world titles at stake, the riders didn't have time to stop and admire the views.

In the lead-up to the race, all eyes were focused on the battle for the men's title with all other individual titles already decided in previous rounds.

The men's championship race was a straight fight between legendary Australian rider Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) and young Frenchman Adrien Dailly (Lapierre).

Hill led throughout day one, but Dailly pushed him to the limit, with just three seconds separated the pair at one point in the round. In the end, the tough, physical course played to Hill's strengths and his third position was enough to secure him his first Enduro World Champion title.

"It was a tough couple of days of racing so I just tried to stay smooth and consistent and put down the best stage times I could," Hill said. "I'll be back for sure next season. I want to come back and defend that title."

Neither Hill nor Dailly could match the pace of Damien Oton (Devinci Global Racing), who put in an incredible performance to take the race. Martin Maes (GT Factory Racing) made a successful return after a crash ended his race early at the last round in Whistler, with fast times to finish in second place. Hill rounded out the podium in third place.

In the women's race, reigning World Champion Cecile Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team) will hold the title for another year after finishing the season by winning the race as well as the Championship.

Isabeau Courdurier (SUNN) and Katy Winton (Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team) came second and third respectively, also reflecting their positions in the overall standings.

"I'm so happy to win the title for the second year in a row," Ravanel said. "It was a tough race but getting the race win and the overall means a lot - the perfect way to end the season."