Rachel Atherton Injured at Fort William

A suspected dislocated shoulder ends her streak

Rachel Atherton’s winning streak came to an end–or at least a pause–today at the Downhill World Cup in Fort William, Scotland. A fall that sent her over the bars in practice this morning before finals resulted in a suspected dislocated shoulder.

According to Trek Factory Racing team manager Dan Brown, a spectator helped Atherton put her shoulder back in place and she was able to ride down.

Atherton on her way to a win at this season’s opening race in Lourdes, France. Photo: Red Bull

 
Brown also said that an X-ray confirmed that there are no breaks. “Fingers crossed she’ll be back for next weekend,” he said. Atherton’s absence opened the door for Tracey Hannah, who finished first in finals. Myriam Nicole and Emilie Siegenthaler followed in second and third. The injury ends an unrivaled 13-win streak that began, coincidentally, with a win at Fort William in June of 2015.

 
Here’s a sampling of Rachel’s speed during practice on Friday.

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