That's it that's all, the Grande Finale and the end of an exciting Enduro World Series came to a close after four dry and dusty stages on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Finale Ligure has always been the perfect venue to end the year on a high note and 2018 was no exception. Even with the shortened one-day format, the racing was exciting and there was drama right from the get-go.
With her second spot in the overall secure, Isabeau Courdurier had nothing to lose by pushing hard for a win and on stage one that's exactly what she did, taking almost eight seconds out of Cecile Ravanel. Now for a change it would be Cecile who had to play catch-up. In the men's it was a repeat of the past week's rivalry in Ainsa, as Richie Rude took the top spot to start the day with Martin Maes in tow by less than a second.
Isabeau would continue to pull ahead on stage two, but Cecile mounted a charge on the following stage to bring the fight down to the last stage with a small enough time gap to put victory within reach. Richie too would extend his lead, and Martin Maes would suffer a hand injury that would see him drop off the pace. Maes had to limp it home in the hope of salvaging points for the overall. Series leader and defending champ Sam Hill hovered just inside the top ten to ensure the world title would surely remain his.
On the final stage of the season, Cecile Ravanel continued to build on the momentum of her previous stage win and took full advantage of mistakes by Courdurier to make up time and put six seconds into all the women's field. With that result, Ravanel capped off a perfect season with eight wins in eight starts and, of course, with it another world title. Rounding out the podium for the second week in a row was Andreane Lanthier Nadeau.
For Richie Rude, it would be total stage domination as he took all four - his second win in a row and third of the season. Oton held steady to grab second and Frenchman Kevin Miquel took home his first ever podium in third. In the overall, Martin Mas would slip from the series podium after scoring no points, and with a consistent result in Finale, it would be Sam Hill who was crowned Enduro World Champion for the second straight year.