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Graham Jarvis rules the mountain to win the 2017 Red Bull Sea to Sky in Turkey.

Becoming the most dominant rider in the eight-year history of the race, Jarvis scaled the 2365m high Olympos Mountain first to collect his fifth victory in the event.

Proving a good day for Sherco, Mario Roman and Wade Young completed the podium.

“That’s easily one of my greatest victories here at Sea to Sky,” told Jarvis. “I had to work for that one, it was a close race from bottom to top.”

“My start wasn’t great and I had a bit of catching up to do. Wade and Mario were really pushing the pace up front.

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“Then I broke my clutch perch and housing mid way through and had to tape it to the handlebars. I had no clutch in some places.

“I caught the two guys properly in the second last climb, within sight of the finish line and made it up first.

“I’m a happy man, I think a few beers are in order tonight!”

For the majority of the race it was a Sherco 1-2 with Roman and Young setting the pace. Roman led initially then Young took over as they sized each other up.

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Young led into the second last climb but Jarvis nipped past him there.

Then with about 50 metres to go, Roman snuck past as Young became beached on a rock, in a move that was a carbon copy of what happened two years ago when Andreas Lettenbichler snuck past too.

Getting the better of his teammate, Roman cross the line to take the runner-up result in his first time of asking at Red Bull Sea to Sky.

“I”m so happy with this result, to come here for my first time and get on the podium is great,” said Roman.

“I was riding with Wade and he just made that mistake at the end and I got the position.”

Feeling a little short changed at the finish, Young completed the top three.

“I’m a bit gutted with that, I went from first to third within sight of the finish line, it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” admitted Young.

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Behind the top three it was Alfredo Gomez who took his KTM home in fourth.

Putting in a solid and determined ride, Billy Bolt brought his Husqvarna home in fifth while Jonny Walker completed the top six with Lars Enockl seventh.

 

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Robert Lynn
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