Atherton takes her fifth downhill title at MTB Worlds
10 September 2018 04:32
Rachel Atherton of Great Britain won her fifth elite women's title in the downhill event at the 2018 Mountain Bike World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Sunday. The championships concluded with the elite and junior downhill competitions for both women and men, with total attendance over the five days of events reaching 65,000 – a record for mountain biking. The elite women's competition was expected to be a battle between British teammates Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave, who battled all season on the World Cup circuit and finished 1-2 in qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Morgane Charre of France set the first sub-3:40 time, which stood until Swiss rider Emilie Siegenthaler knocked three seconds off. Two French riders – Marine Cabirou and Myriam Nicole – took the lead in quick succession, with Nicole taking the lead time down to 3:26. Seagrave then knocked another 0.7 seconds off, and then it was down to Atherton, who was clearly riding at a different level.
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