Great Britain Cycling Team’s Rachel Atherton has withdrawn from the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships having sustained a fractured left clavicle during the official timed session on Friday morning AEST.
Atherton said: “I was feeling good today, back to my old self, riding strongly and super-confident as I attacked my timed training run. I’m absolutely devastated that the weekend has ended like this but I’ll be cheering on the rest of the British team with all of my heart.”
Iain Dyer, head coach for the Great Britain Cycling Team, said: “As a four-time elite world champion and the current rainbow jersey holder, it must be very disappointing for Rachel to be forced to withdraw from these world championships though injury.
"On behalf of the Great Britain Cycling Team I would like to wish Rachel a quick recovery and we look forward to seeing her back to full strength ready for the new season.”