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ON THE CLOCK: Enduro World Series Finale Ligure Stages 1-3

<b>Chris Ball in audio - Stage 4 was canceled, but the media who were up there waiting dropped on in. Joe Bowman, between his two crashes, railing ruts with two big cameras.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Jared Graves in audio - With 600 competitors at Finale Ligure, there are basically 3 stages being timed simultaneously. No messing around.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>In the dark woods of Stage 2, Jared Graves leaves a cloud of dust in his wake. He went on to win Stage 3 as he gathered momentum throughout the day.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Jared Graves in audio - Alex Lupato about to change direction 180-degrees in the tightest of places. It's a sight to behold these riders negotiate tricky sections like this.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>First man down on the first Stage. Jerome Clementz was receiving a wake up call pinning down the narrow trails.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves, just 0.1-seconds apart after almost 14 minutes of racing. Mind boggling.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sven escaping tagging and sorting client photos by tactically needing stitches and suffering a hefty concussion. He was back in the press room by 10pm to finish off business and his captions had fewer typos than any time this year! #concussionjibberish</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>With Sven Martin landing himself in hospital Anka Martin had more than line choice to worry about today. After years of #mongolife, she's used it.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Tracy Moseley took a tumble on Stage 2, losing the lead for the day, but is ready for the final stages tomorrow.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>In the women's contest, it's a battle between Anne-Caroline Chausson [pictured] and Tracy Moseley [in audio]. Swapping stage wins today, it's not going to be apparent who's the overall winner until the very last stage.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Sights from the side of the track on Stage 1.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>With stage 3 finishing in an urban environment, there were a couple of crowd/rider conflicts on the extremely narrow track. Here Josh Bryceland is just a couple of turns away from finish.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Martin Maes. WOW. Winning Stage 1 by two seconds. 3rd on Stage 2 (with a flat), but a big crash on Stage 3 knocked him back to 4th overall. Not bad for a kid who still has two more years as a Junior.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>End of stage carnage; puncture repairs, riders who don't realize they've finished and spectators that haven't quite made it to the track yet.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Even the cops in Italy ride full-suspension, IMBA-approved bikes. Not bad. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Peat with probably the least practice out here, rails next to an old Roman wall on Stage 1.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Remy Absalon always under the radar, but deadly fast and consistent. 5th overall today.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Justin Leov, mid point of historic Stage 1.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>With the sun peeking over the pits, we rode to our media shuttle for the start of a hectic, but action-packed day.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This particular scooter belongs to Victor Lucas, whose decided razzing between stages and traffic on his own program is the best way to cover the race.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Fabien Barel floating above the rough limestone of Stage 2 that the riders will repeat again tomorrow during Stage 6.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Alex Lupato had the crowds going crazy every time he passed. This was one of the few places on the track where there were no spectators.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rene Wildhaber 8th today. Loose and fast into Stage 2.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Early morning and the series leaders drop in with a long day ahead of them. Every inch of space is utilized here in Finale.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cedric Gracia slamming the Tallboy LTc just before lunch and beers.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Florian Golay on a high-speed braking section of Stage 2.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Thomas Lapeyrie speeds down one of the many sections of track lined with spectators on Stage 1. Now you see his pack...</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Now you don't. Thomas Lapeyrie on Stage 2 after stashing his pack on the way up to the start.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The tracks here vary from being super fast to having to slam on the brakes for slower tech sections. This big variation in speed is causing a few issues for some riders.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Shoulder checking trees was the order of the day today. Stage 2.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Cecile Ravanel has the complete package; XC fitness with fast DH skills. 3rd overall today, staying as consistent as ever. Good job.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rosara Joseph railing the turns near the bottom of Stage 2. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Max Schumann in the typical Italian countryside setting.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Lukas Anrig putting some faith in his line choice with this huck through the rocks. Ballsy moves like these have helped him earn 17th place after today.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>On Stage 2 no one could come close to Nico Lau. Putting 9-seconds into the nearest competitors, he sailed into the overall lead, only to be penalized 1-minute due to missing his timing check.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Chris Ball in audo - Team media making the most of an empty Stage 4. T-minus 45-seconds until Sven's crash. STAY TUNED FOR THE FINAL DAY OF THE ENDURO WORLD SERIES TOMORROW ON VITAL MTB! Heal up, Sven!</b> -Duncan Philpott

Stages 1 through 3 of the Enduro World Series season ender took place in Finale Ligure, Italy today. Unfortunately Stage 4 was canceled due to a rider injury, but the competition remained incredibly close. Jared Graves and Jerome Clementz are separated by only .1-seconds after 14-minutes of racing, and Tracy Moseley and Anne Caroline Chausson are trading stage wins in the Women's class.

Vital photomongo, Sven Martin took a spill today and visited the hospital, but he's ok with some stitches and a minor concussion. After all that, he STILL delivered the photos goods and Joe Bowman captured some pretty funny audio as he was on the stretcher. Take it easy out there, Sven!

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