Ending her 2016 Enduro World Championship campaign in winning style, Laia Sanz claimed her fifth Enduro Women World Championship title in France.

With the battle for the championship going down to the wire, the Spaniard had to dig deep this weekend in Cahors. Claiming a runner-up spot behind her fellow KTM rider Maria Franke on day one, Sanz went on to top the Women’s class standings on the final day of the series.

In doing so, the 31-year-old rider managed to be crowned Enduro Women World Champion for the fifth time in her career.

“I’m really happy I got this title,” confirmed Laia. “It’s been a difficult year and I had to fight hard to come out on top. Competition in the women’s class keeps getting stronger year after year.”

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“After the opening rounds in Finland and Sweden I knew I had to work hard to keep my chances for the title alive. I remained strong mentally and kept fighting for the win every time out.”

“This weekend in France we had a great battle with Maria Franke. She got the best of me on day one, but I pushed a lot and managed to secure victory on Sunday.”

Stay tuned to enduro21.com for the complete day two report from the EWC final in France.