Sam Hill wins second straight EWS crown

After a strong, controlled year of Enduro World Series racing, Sam Hill (Nukeproof/Mavic) has claimed his second EWS crown with a measured ride at the final round in Italy.

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Hill's race was conservative but pacy, with GT's Martin Maes still in mathematical reach - if the Belgian won, Sam only needed to finish 47th or higher.

As it turned out, Maes' race was over by stage two after crashing and injuring his hand (below), and Hill cruised to ninth overall and his second title.

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Yeti rider Richie Rude completed a back-to-back return to form, clean-sweeping the round to win his second race on the trot.

Hill, who had travelled to Europe with his family for the final rounds, shared the spotlight with son Bam.

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Frenchwoman Cecile Ravanel underlined her complete domination of the 2018 season, scoring a clean sweep of victories for the year.

The EWS returns to the southern hemisphere for a doulbe header in 2019, with Crankworx New Zealand on 23-24 March and Derby, Tasmania a week later (30-31 March).

Bicycling Australia

With the inaugural 2018 Noosa Classic widely considered a huge success despite a mid-ride downpour of biblical proportions, the 2019 event is shaping up to be bigger and better again.

They have been on the radar for the past few years however, up until now, e-road is not something we've seen a lot of in Australia. That all changed in January when the first shipment of Orbea Gain electric assist bikes landed in the country.

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