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Briton Atherton wins fifth mountain bike world title

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Great Britain’s Rachel Atherton won the women’s downhill final at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland to claim the title for a fifth time.

In the men’s downhill final, GB’s two-time world champion Danny Hart took bronze.

Atherton, who earned a record sixth World Cup title in August, was nearly 10 seconds faster than compatriot Tahnee Seagrave, who was second.

“I just went for it,” said Atherton. “It’s been a pretty crazy year.

“There were a couple of sections where I nearly went down. I’m just glad I stayed on the bike.”

Myriam Nicole of France finished third in the race in Lenzerheide.

France’s defending champion Loic Bruni won gold in the men’s event for his third world title, with Hart finishing 0.305 seconds off the pace behind second-placed Martin Maes of Belgium.

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BBC Sport – Cycling

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