Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic) had a tough weekend on his hands at Round 5 of the Enduro World Series in Les Orres, France with a 12th place finish.
The opening day put the defending champion on the back foot after he suffered a blow on Stage 1 with a puncture that cost him too much time to fix.
The West Australian was then late to his start on Stage 2 and suffered a 30 second penalty which saw him slip back to 102nd in the rankings.
But he fought his way back with a second on Stage 3 and then three top four results on stages 6,7 and 8 and remain in third in the overall rankings.
Fellow Aussie, Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) would end up 29th after the final eighth stage with Jordan Porchyra in 36th.
Andrew Cavaye (76th), Bruce Moir (87th)m Murray Stephens (96th), Ryan Leutton (104th), Daniel Hallam (123rd), Christopher Hinds (127th), Joel Kristensen (129th) and David Hanson (131st) were the other Australians to finsish.
In the women Leonie Picton, 33rd and Lucy Mackie would finish 35th.
Round 6 of the EWS will be held in Whistler, Canada 11th August.
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