Wade Young pips Gomez

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Wade Young put in a stellar ride at the Extreme XL Lagares in northern Portugal to claim the overall win in the two-day race. He was joined on the podium by Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gómez in second and third respectively.

“It’s great to win this one” said Young at the end of the physical five-hour race.

After the brawl on the streets in downtown Porto for the infamous city prologue, the race headed towards the mountains for Sunday’s main event.

Aiming to claim his hat trick of wins at the Portuguese hard enduro, Gómez was off to a flying start with victory in both the city prologue and then the night-time superenduro race.

With the flag dropping on Sunday’s race, Gómez set out to an early lead. But a determined Young was close behind and as Gómez bobbled in the first major riverbed section, Young put his Sherco in front.

Gómez retaliated, unwilling to give up without a fight, and forced his way back in front. The duo soon became a trio as Mario Roman charged him way to the front following a slow start. All the while, Jonny Walker was lurking in the trio’s shadows in fourth.

Nearing the end of lap two of three, drama hit Gómez when he crashed and broke a clutch perch. With Gómez dropping back, the Sherco pairing of Roman and Young pushed on. But Roman was next to drop out when his bike spluttered to a halt.

With a clear track in front of him, Young didn’t need a second invitation and by putting in a flyer of a final lap, rode away from Walker – now up to second – to take the win.

“That was hard, really hard in places,” said Walker. “Wade and Alfredo went off fast at the start. It was my first time here and I was a little unsure of the terrain so didn’t want to go with them. By lap two I felt better and started to improve. Hats off to Wade though, he rode great today and 100 percent deserved that win. I’ll take second today.”

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