Devastated Atherton: 'I will be back'

Downhill mountain biking’s Rachel Atherton says she is devastated she will not be able to defend her World title this year but hopes to be fit early next year.

Wales-based Atherton tore an Achilles tendon during a practice run at the Downhill World Cup in Les Gets, France which has ruled her out for the rest of the season.

The 31-year-old, who has won World Championship gold five times, will miss this year’s event at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada but aims to be back to her best within six months.

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