Atherton suffers dislocated shoulder as UCI Mountain Bike World Cup record run ends

Atherton suffers dislocated shoulder as UCI Mountain Bike World Cup record run ends

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Rachel Atherton suffered a dislocated shoulder as her record run of 14 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup victories ended at Fort William in Scotland.

The world champion, whose winning run stretched back to 2015, crashed in the woods area during Sunday morning’s practice run and was taken to hospital for a precautionary x-ray, which showed no broken bones.

 

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Manon Carpenter was the fastest Briton in the elite women’s event, taking fourth in 5:55.299 as the boggy woods area saw a number of riders forced off their bikes.

Australian Tracey Hannah won in 5:39.298.

Junior success for Britain

Meg James and Matt Walker won the junior men’s and women’s events respectively on a great morning for Britain.

James’ time of 6:50.827 was nearly nine seconds faster than second place Melanie Chappaz of France.

Madison Saracen Factory Team’s Walker completed the double with a ride in 4:50.155 in the junior men’s event, over five seconds faster than Finnley Iles.

Greenland ninth in elite men

Laurie Greenland was Britain's highest finisher in ninth in the elite men's contest.

Greenland, second at the 2016 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships, completed his run in 4:48.095.

South Africa's Greg Minnaar, last out the gate, was victorious with a sensational run in 4:40.344.

World champion Danny Hart was 59th, the 2016 world cup winner looking strong until he went down in the woodland section that proved key over the afternoon.