Atherton and Fayolle take glory

Reigning champion and Frenchman open UCI MTB World Cup season with wins. The opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lourdes was won in dramatic circumstances by home downhill hero Alexandre Fayolle¬†as the defending women’s champion Rachel Atherton coasted to victory. Despite a dusting of snow at the start hut earlier in the week, things in France had stayed sunny and pleasant. The track, which had seen some minor changes from last year was running extremely fast and dusty, but Briton Atherton still had it all to…

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