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Jared Graves looking relaxed during day 1 - photo by Dave Trumpore.

It came down to the final race of the season, and what a showdown it was: Finale Ligure offered up technical stages and long, hard liaisons to present the riders with a test of skill, strength, and mental toughness. Jared Graves only needed to finish 23rd or better to be crowned World Champion, which afforded him the luxury of "taking it easy" here in Finale (when Jared Graves says "take it easy", he means "almost win"). Tracy Moseley had much less of a cushion, and with Anne-Caro Chausson building a huge lead after winning each stage on day 1, T-Mo's main battle was trying to keep Cecile Ravanel from overtaking her, as that would have given the title to ACC. In the end, both series leaders held on to become 2014 Enduro World Champions, while Fabien Barel capped an astonishing comeback after breaking his back earlier in the season with his second-ever EWS victory, beating Jared Graves by 8 seconds after 38 minutes of time stages. And on the topic of comebacks, Jerome Clementz finished 4th here in Finale after missing most of the season due to a shoulder injury sustained in the French Enduro Cup in May. RIchie Rude who was in contention for the podium/win here in Finale was the big loser of the last stage of the day - a broken chain ended his hopes. Anne-Caro took the win in the women's by over 1 minute. Stay tuned for slide show action from Finale, dropping later today!

2014 Enduro World Series Round 7 Top-20 Results (full results)


2014 Enduro World Series Round 7 Women's Top-20 Results (full results)


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