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Graves and Moseley crowned 2014 enduro world champions

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Tracy Moseley on stage 4

Tracy Moseley on stage 4
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Innes Thoma awaits the start

Innes Thoma awaits the start
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Tracy Moseley gives a pre-race interview with Enrico Guala

Tracy Moseley gives a pre-race interview with Enrico Guala
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Fans during stage 1

Fans during stage 1
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Anne Caroline Chausson on stage 1

Anne Caroline Chausson on stage 1
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Innes Thoma on stage 1

Innes Thoma on stage 1
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Florian Nicolai on stage 2

Florian Nicolai on stage 2
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Mary Moncourge

Mary Moncourge
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Nicol Lau awaits his time check

Nicol Lau awaits his time check
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Remy Absalon waits to head out on stage 4

Remy Absalon waits to head out on stage 4
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Jesse Melemed on stage 4

Jesse Melemed on stage 4
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Tobias Reiser on stage 4

Tobias Reiser on stage 4
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Rosara Joseph coffees up before day 2

Rosara Joseph coffees up before day 2
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Cappucino and Radios - staples for the media

Cappucino and Radios - staples for the media
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Florian Nicolai heads out on day 2

Florian Nicolai heads out on day 2
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Jared Graves on stage 5

Jared Graves on stage 5
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Anne Caroline Chausson on stage 6

Anne Caroline Chausson on stage 6
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Jared Graves celebrates his world championship with a beer

Jared Graves celebrates his world championship with a beer
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Fabien Barrel on stage 6

Fabien Barrel on stage 6
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Rider relax on the beach after racing

Rider relax on the beach after racing
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Fabien Barel celebrates his victory

Fabien Barel celebrates his victory
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Brian Regnier starts the party

Brian Regnier starts the party
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Tracy Moseley celebrates winning the enduro world championships

Tracy Moseley celebrates winning the enduro world championships
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Riders head into the sea to cool down

Riders head into the sea to cool down
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The 2014 Enduro World Series has created many stories in the last seven rounds - but none quite as compelling as Finale Ligure this weekend. Not only did the series crown new world champions but there was one of the the most impressive comebacks cycling has ever seen. Finale 2014 will go down in the history books for all the right reasons.

Beside the beach in the Italian Riviera, Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox Shox) and Tracy Moseley (Trek Factory Enduro Race Team) were named the 2014 Enduro World Champions.

It was a fitting culmination of seven rounds, six countries and 14 days of incredible racing that drew to a close this weekend. What's even more incredible is that in the women's race the championship was decided on the very last stage of the season.

Moseley started the race just 80 points ahead of Anne Caroline Chausson (Ibis), meaning she had to place at least second to win the overall series. But with Chausson winning every stage of the race, and Cecile Ravanel (GT Pulse Session) a very close third, it all came down to stage six. Chausson won the stage convincingly, but at the end of the day Moseley held on to second, securing Moseley's status as world champion for a second year.

"After a year of hard work for it to come down to essentially the last stage of the last race meant there was a lot of pressure and your mind plays games," said Moseley. "Last year it was a bit of a surprise to win the inaugural series, but in a way this year has actually been more satisfying as I've battled with Anne all year and had to raise my game every weekend."

The men's race was different altogether - Graves' consistency throughout the year meant the championship was his to lose. Any finish in the top 23 guaranteed he'd leave Finale the best in the world. And that's exactly what he did. He may have come second in this race but he will start next season with the number one plate on his bike.

"This year I've had good and bad days and we've had such a variety of trails and terrain - it's been a true test," said Graves. "World Champion is a pretty huge honour and I couldn't be happier right now."

The top three in the series was rounded out by Damien Oton (Devinci/Alltricks.com) and Justin Leov (Trek Factory Enduro Race Team). Oton has had an amazing season, including winning round four in La Thuile. Leov has been consistent all season and was second at round two in Scotland earlier this year.

The winner of the race came as a shock - even to the man himself - Fabien Barel (Canyon Factory Enduro). After breaking his back in Chile at round one only five months ago, Finale marked Barel's return to racing and what a stunning return it was. He won the race by over eight seconds.

"Just coming back to racing was a victory for me today and when I saw I was in the lead I couldn't believe it. It's just amazing - the emotion is hard to explain but I put all my passion and all my heart into this weekend. I've been back on the bike for three weeks now and I thought if I can make a top 20 that would be great - winning is just something that is unreal for me."

In the junior race, Sebastian Claquet has had an incredible season and it finished with him crowned Junior Enduro World Champion on the stage in Finale. Robin Matot (Yeti Belgium Urge BP) has also ridden well all year to take second in the overall, with Conor Lavelle of Ireland in third. In the Masters Primoz Strancar (Orbea Geax MTB Team) dominated all series to take the title of Masters World Champion, with Mika Kangas and Emmanuel Abate in second and third.

With the two-time world champion Moseley amongst their riders, it's little wonder Trek Factory Enduro Race Team lifted the series trophy in the team competition. With an incredibly consistent season and a young team Rocky Mountain Urge BP took second, whilst Jared Graves' own Yeti/Fox Shox team finished a well deserved third place.

Enrico Guala, of Superenduro and Enduro World Series said, "I started to work in Finale in 1994 and 20 years later I've lived one of most intense and emotional weekends since I started riding.

"The integration of the city, locals, bike community, different organisers, riders and industry created an emotional intensity that I've never experienced before. Fabien was the peak of this feeling that was shared by all the people that joined us in Finale."

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabien Barel0:38:08
2Jared Graves0:00:08
3Damien Oton0:00:12

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anne Caroline Chausson0:42:51
2Tracy Moseley0:01:01
3Cecile Ravanel0:01:23

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrien Dailly0:40:09
2Vid Persak0:00:17
3Nelio Perrin-Ganier0:01:00

Elite men final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jared Graves3140pts
2Damien Oton2810
3Justin Leov2680

Elite women final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracy Moseley2600pts
2Anne Caroline Chausson2570
3Cecile Ravanel2270

Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sebastien Claquin1570pts
2Robin Matot1450
3Conor Lavelle770

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team7810pts
2Rocky Mountain Urge BP Team6450
3Yeti / Fox Shox Factory Team5985

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