Sam Hill has won his third straight Enduro World Series title after the eighth and final round in Zermatt, Switzerland over the weekend.
The West Australian finished 40 points in front of Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing).
“Last year was a bit of a dream year with everything going to plan but this year nothing went to plan.”
“Coming in to today my goal was to try and win the race, try and win that Queen Stage and just keep riding smart and as fast as I could.”
As the day started, Nicolai held a slim advantage over Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic). It was so close that any mistake by either of the two on any of the days five rough and long stages would spell game over for their championship hopes.
It was all about Hill stamping his authority on the Swiss mountainside and making everyone else chase. With two stages to go, he would hold a four-second lead over Martin Maes and Kevin Miquel, who was then closely followed by teammates Shawn Neer and Richie Rude. With Florian Nicolai 20 seconds back in 7th, his grip on the points lead was in serious jeopardy.
Maes would mount a charge on the final two stages to win his fourth event of the year while Hill slipped to second and Rude muscled his way past Kevin Miquel for third.
Nicolai would finish fifth and in the process, watch his championship hopes slip away.
For the third year in a row, Hill ends the EWS season as champion and, becomes the first man ever to win three EWS titles.
Josh Carlson (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) finished inside the Top 20 in the overall rankings.
While in the Men Under 21 Roly Kyme finished 11th overall after competing in five rounds of the EWS and Fenella Harris was third overall in the Under 21 Women.
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