Atherton breaks podium record with Vallnord win

Rachel Atherton called her victory at the UCI Downhill Mountain Biking World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra, one of the best of her career after securing a 39th career win in the series.

The world champion finished nearly three seconds clear of the field to earn a 74th podium finish, the most of any female mountain biker.

The 32-year-old from Machynlleth in Wales is now second in the overall standings behind Australian Tracey Hannah, who finished third in Andorra.

Danny Hart was the best-placed male British rider, finishing fifth place, with overall leader Frenchman Loic Bruni winning the men’s elite race.

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