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Salisbury-born downhill rider wins Fort William title

Rachel Atherton, middle, celebrating her win Image copyright Graham Lloyd
Image caption Rachel Atherton, middle, celebrating her win at Nevis Range

British downhill rider Rachel Atherton has won the women's final of the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup for the ninth consecutive time.

Salisbury-born Atherton finished 12 seconds ahead of second placed Tracey Hannah, from Australia.

Manon Carpenter, from Caerphilly, South Wales, recovered from a crash in the woods at Nevis Range to finish third.

South African Greg Minaar won the men's final. The USA's Aaron Gwin was second and Danny Hart, from Redcar, third.

The competition held at the weekend forms the third stage of the UCI World Cup Downhill championships and was first held 14 years ago.

Riders take on a course at Nevis Range, near Fort William, in front of thousands of spectators.

Image copyright Graham Lloyd
Image caption South Africa's Greg Minaar, middle, won the men's final

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