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"The 2008 Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley has criticised British Cycling for deciding not to send any female riders to the world championships to contest the individual time trial. Pooley, who became world time trial champion in 2010, said she had “no chance” at her first world championships, but the experience helped her to go on to win eventually."

Emma Pooley: British Cycling wrong to pick no women for world time trial | Sport | The Guardian

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"Rach Atherton was up by a second at the 1st split and I was sat watching the screen, waiting to see what was going to happen. Split two and she hadn’t made any more time on me, still only a second up. I know I always have good bottom section and Rach didn’t look super smooth on the screen and it was getting pretty tense! Coming over the bridge she had ten seconds left, and I knew it was about ten from the bridge…. I was thinking I was going to just miss out by a fraction but the time kept ticking… Coming through the line the green light switched to red and I couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t even thought how I’d feel if I won, or what I’d do, I didn’t want to dare. I’d just done the Double!"

Madison Saracen 2014 - World Championships: Hafjell, Norway - Pinkbike

Click through for Manon Carpenter telling the story of her trade team at the 2014 downhill MTB Worlds, with some gorgeous photos.

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Manon Carpenter, the 2014 downhill MTB World Champion

via Madison Saracen 2014 - World Championships: Hafjell, Norway - Pinkbike - click through for great photos and Manon telling the story of Worlds!

Manon Carpenter, the 2014 downhill MTB World Champion

via Madison Saracen 2014 - World Championships: Hafjell, Norway - Pinkbike - click through for great photos and Manon telling the story of Worlds!

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2014 Downhill MTB World Championships podium

via Madison Saracen 2014 - World Championships: Hafjell, Norway - Pinkbike - click through for great photos and Manon telling the story of Worlds!

1. Manon Carpenter, Great Britain
2. Rachel Atherton, Great Britain
3. Tahnée Seagrave, Great Britain

2014 Downhill MTB World Championships podium

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1. Manon Carpenter, Great Britain
2. Rachel Atherton, Great Britain
3. Tahnée Seagrave, Great Britain

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UCI World Championships Downhill Finals Highlights

Including clips of Tahnée Seagrave, Rachel Atherton and Manon Carpenter’s runs, with Manon’s post-race interview.  (and OMG, remember when you watch Neko Mulally, he’s riding without a chain!)

If you want to watch the full coverage of the women’s and men’s DH MTB World Champs it’s archived here on Red Bull Bike

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Highlights from the 2014 Downhill MTB World Cup - if you want the full coverage of the women’s & men’s Worlds, the replay is  here on Red Bull

(Source: youtube.com)

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2014 MTB Worlds DH - Manon Carpenter - CanadianCyclist.com

Interviewed after winning the Downhill MTB World Champs

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"Your two British winners, Manon Carpenter and Gee Atherton hold the gold. From 6 Elite podium places the Brits took home 5 of them. Not bad but those Junior places need to be filled next year." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click though for great photo-essay

"Your two British winners, Manon Carpenter and Gee Atherton hold the gold. From 6 Elite podium places the Brits took home 5 of them. Not bad but those Junior places need to be filled next year." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click though for great photo-essay

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"It all got a little emotional for Rachel Atherton as she didn’t know whether to to be happy or sad…so she cried instead. All the mixed feelings floating around the finish area really gave it an odd feel to the end of the race, people were rushing around assisting Josh, whilst others celebrated Gee’s victory." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great gallery

Listen to Dirt’s post-race audio interview with Rachel

"It all got a little emotional for Rachel Atherton as she didn’t know whether to to be happy or sad…so she cried instead. All the mixed feelings floating around the finish area really gave it an odd feel to the end of the race, people were rushing around assisting Josh, whilst others celebrated Gee’s victory." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great gallery

Listen to Dirt’s post-race audio interview with Rachel

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"Manon Carpenter snaps those coloured stripes from 2nd placed Rachel Atherton as she wins her first ever World Championships. A long time coming for her but she can finally say she has done it. Looking at the bigger picture, a British 1- 2-3 is a massive achievement for British Cycling and UK downhill as a whole. Never before has it been seen that 3 country people have been on the podium together a Worlds." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great gallery

2014 downhill MTB World Championships
1.   Manon Carpenter, Great Britain, 0:03:49.407
2.   Rachel Atherton, Great Britain, + 00:088
3.   Tahnée Seagrave, Great Britain, + 03.463
4.   Tracey Hannah, Australia, + 06.455
5.   Jill Kintner, USA, + 07.472
6.   Vaea Verbeeck, Canada, + 15.130
7.   Morgane Charre, France, + 15.642
8.   Myriam Nicole, France, + 16.500
9.   Emilie Siegenthaler, Switzerland, + 17.341
10. Anita Ager-Wick, Norway, + 20.817

"Manon Carpenter snaps those coloured stripes from 2nd placed Rachel Atherton as she wins her first ever World Championships. A long time coming for her but she can finally say she has done it. Looking at the bigger picture, a British 1- 2-3 is a massive achievement for British Cycling and UK downhill as a whole. Never before has it been seen that 3 country people have been on the podium together a Worlds." - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great gallery

2014 downhill MTB World Championships
1. Manon Carpenter, Great Britain, 0:03:49.407
2. Rachel Atherton, Great Britain, + 00:088
3. Tahnée Seagrave, Great Britain, + 03.463
4. Tracey Hannah, Australia, + 06.455
5. Jill Kintner, USA, + 07.472
6. Vaea Verbeeck, Canada, + 15.130
7. Morgane Charre, France, + 15.642
8. Myriam Nicole, France, + 16.500
9. Emilie Siegenthaler, Switzerland, + 17.341
10. Anita Ager-Wick, Norway, + 20.817

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"Manon raises her arms in victory, knowing she beat Rachel in a fair fight for glory. Manon’s season goes from strength to strength, proving that she is the new kid on the block!" - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great gallery

"Manon raises her arms in victory, knowing she beat Rachel in a fair fight for glory. Manon’s season goes from strength to strength, proving that she is the new kid on the block!" - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great gallery

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"Dropping in and having a storming top section, Rachel Atherton soon put the seconds in Manon. Really giving it all she has, Rachel goes up again in the 2nd interval, but a reoccurring pattern from previous rounds saw Rachel fatigue quickly towards the bottom of the hill, loosing seconds quickly in the final rock garden. It was down to the wire as she jumped the bridge and hunted for the line, but it wasn’t enough. Rachel fell back behind Manon’s time and misses out on the stripes by the skin of her teeth"
- via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click though for great photo gallery

"Dropping in and having a storming top section, Rachel Atherton soon put the seconds in Manon. Really giving it all she has, Rachel goes up again in the 2nd interval, but a reoccurring pattern from previous rounds saw Rachel fatigue quickly towards the bottom of the hill, loosing seconds quickly in the final rock garden. It was down to the wire as she jumped the bridge and hunted for the line, but it wasn’t enough. Rachel fell back behind Manon’s time and misses out on the stripes by the skin of her teeth"
- via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click though for great photo gallery

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"Tahnee Seagrave showing that even though she is a first year Elite, she knows how to fight with her fists! Stomping down hard in her run she was really keen for this one. Coming across the line and right into the hot seat, she was able to hold on to it until the final two girls who just about knocked her off. An amazing 3rd place for the young Brit!" - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great photo gallery

Listen to Dirt’s post-race interview with Tahnée

"Tahnee Seagrave showing that even though she is a first year Elite, she knows how to fight with her fists! Stomping down hard in her run she was really keen for this one. Coming across the line and right into the hot seat, she was able to hold on to it until the final two girls who just about knocked her off. An amazing 3rd place for the young Brit!" - via Hafjell World Championships 2014 | Finals Gallery | Dirt - click through for great photo gallery

Listen to Dirt’s post-race interview with Tahnée

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"Three Brits on the podium means there was much to celebrate." - via World Champs FINALS - 2014 - Hafjell Photo Epic- Day 5 - Pinkbike - click through for great photo-essay

1.  Manon Carpenter, 2. Rachel Atherton, 3. Tahnée Seagrave, all GB!

"Three Brits on the podium means there was much to celebrate." - via World Champs FINALS - 2014 - Hafjell Photo Epic- Day 5 - Pinkbike - click through for great photo-essay

1. Manon Carpenter, 2. Rachel Atherton, 3. Tahnée Seagrave, all GB!

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"Manon tastes the rainbow for the very first time." - via World Champs FINALS - 2014 - Hafjell Photo Epic- Day 5 - Pinkbike - click through for great photo-essay

"Manon tastes the rainbow for the very first time." - via World Champs FINALS - 2014 - Hafjell Photo Epic- Day 5 - Pinkbike - click through for great photo-essay