Atherton seals downhill’s first ‘perfect season’

Rachel Atherton

Atherton broke the record for consecutive downhill World Cup race wins in June

Britain’s Rachel Atherton completed the first “perfect season” in UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup history with victory in the season’s final race.

Atherton, 28, has won all seven races this season and 13 in a row, a run stretching back to 2015.

The world champion had already sealed the 2016 World Cup crown in Canada last month but won in Andorra on Saturday to end the World Cup season unbeaten.

She has now won five overall World Cup titles in downhill.

Wales’ Manon Carpenter completed a British one-two in the overall standings, finishing 560 points behind Atherton.

Trek Factory Racing’s Atherton won the final race by 6.5 seconds ahead of Australian Tracey Hannah and Myriam Nicole of France.

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