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The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup’s finals are still ahead of us, but there is already an overall winner: Rachel Atherton is this year’s downhill champion. The Briton was more than nine seconds ahead and clinched her fifth consecutive World Cup victory at the next-to-last UCI race in Windham (USA). An historical day for Rachel – also because her childhood idol Missy Giove raced this weekend for the first time in years.

 

 

After only six rounds, one thing is certain: Rachel Atherton is the overall winner of the UCI Mountain Bike DH World Cup 2015. She takes over the title from her compatriot Manon Carpenter. After her victory in Windham last weekend she scores 1,410 points and thus leads the UCI ranking just ahead of Manon Carpenter with 899 points. Even if Manon would win the qualifying and finals at the last stop in Val di Sole, she would not be able to steal Rachel’s crown.

It was literally a hot race in Windham: the very warm weather made the short, but very intense track dust-dry. The technical parts, jumps and high-speed passages were the right mixture for Rachel. She finished 9 seconds faster than Manon Carpenter and perfectly completed her season. Thus, Continental equipped the two fastest women with high-performance BlackChili compound tires. Another highlight this weekend was Missy Giove’s participation. Rachel’s childhood idol completed her first UCI race after several years. Rachel said: “I was so starstruck! Watching my GoPros with Missy was surreal, cheers for being badass Missy! It’s been such an awesome weekend, such a fun race and I’m so so stoked with today’s win and the Overall.” You can watch her run here: http://bit.ly/Rachels_Run.

<p=>The GT Factory Team was celebrating as it scored the “Team of the Day“ award and now is leading the pack to finish the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup as the best downhill team. Also other Conti athletes are in a very good position after the Windham race: Manon Carpenter might finish second this season and Gee Atherton is still able to achieve a top 5 placement. For the Cross Country athletes, Val di Sole will be a hard battle between Swiss Nino Schurter and Frenchman Julien Absalon. The defending champion is still in the race as he is only 190 points behind leading athlete Schurter. =

Here are the current standings:=

DHI Men Elite

Rank

Name

Nation

Team

Points

1

GWIN Aaron

USA

Specialized Racing

1089

2

MINNAAR Greg

RSA

 

954

3

BRUNI Loic

FRA

Lapierre Gravity Republic

869

       

6

ATHERTON Gee*

GBR

GT Factory Racing

643

DHI Women Elite

Rank

Name

Nation

Team

Points

1

ATHERTON Rachel*

GBR

GT Factory Racing

1410

2

CARPENTER Manon*

GBR

Madison Saracen Factory Team

899

3

SEAGRAVE Tahnee

GBR

FMD Racing

836

DHI TEAM

Rank

Team

Points

1

GT Factory Racing*

369

2

Specialized Racing

369

3

MS Mondraker Team

298

XCO Men Elite

Rank

Name

Nation

Team

Points

1

SCHURTER Nino

SUI

Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team

1100

2

ABSALON Julien*

FRA

BMC Mountainbike Racing Team

910

3

KULHAVY Jaroslav

CZE

Specialized Racing

782

XCO Women Elite

Rank

Name

Nation

Team

Points

1

NEFF Jolanda

SUI

Stoeckli Pro Team

1100

2

DAHLE FLESJAA Gunn-Rita

NOR

Multivan Merida Biking Team

910

3

PENDREL Catharine

CAN

Luna Pro Team

726