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A family affair goes downhill


A family affair goes downhill


The first stop in the Mountain Bike World Cup downhill series turned out to be a family affair after brother and sister Gee and Rachel Atherton crushed the competition in the elite men’s and women’s races at Fort William, Scotland.

The British siblings made light work of one of the hardest tracks on the circuit.

Rachel – a two-time world cup downhill champion – beat fellow Brit Manon Carpenter into second while Emmeline Rago of France rounded off the women’s podium.

Her brother Gee – the 2010 world cup champion – held off the challenge of Brook MacDonald of New Zealand and Canadian Steve Smith to claim top honours.

Both Gee and Rachel lead their respective general standings after the first of six downhill races this season – the next of which takes place in Val Di Sole, Italy, next week.

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