Mountain bikes: Manon Carpenter wins world downhill crown

Manon Carpenter in action
Manon Carpenter ended the seven race series on 1360 points

Manon Carpenter has won mountain biking's World Cup Series after a third-place finish in the final round in Meribel, France.

The 21-year-old ended the seven-race series on 1,360 points, ahead of Rachel Atherton and Emmeline Rogot of France.

Wales-based Atherton claimed her second win of the season in Meribel, finishing clear of Ragot in second.

"It's passed my expectations," Carpenter said.

"It's more than I hope for at the start of the year. It's pretty awesome.

"I would have really liked to have finished winning the last World Cup but I was pretty nervous and happy that I stayed on my bike and didn't throw it away."

Caerphilly's Carpenter will now aim for success at the World Championships in Hafjell, Norway from 2-9 September.

There was also a British winner of the men's competition as Englishman Joss Bryceland finished third in France to secure the overall crown.

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