Rachel Atherton has made mountain biking history by winning the 2016 downhill World Championships in Val di Sole – and wrapping up the perfect season in the process.
The English mountain bike ace won seven out of seven World Cup events this year, starting off with victory in Lourdes in April before rounding off her 100% record in mountain biking’s elite event series in Vallnord on September 4.
All that was left to do for the most decorated member of the famous Atherton family after that was the World Championships, and she surprised absolutely nobody by winning in Italy today. Rachel was quickest in qualifying and then beat Myriam Nicole into first in finals by 3.114 seconds to take her fifth rainbow jersey.
Welsh shredder Manon Carpenter was victim of a huge crash during her race run going round the first corner and may have broken a collarbone in the incident.