Rachel Atherton dominated the World Cup in 2012, with five victories and one second place. Going into 2013, it was clear to anyone who hadshow more hopes of taking her title that she would put up a tough fight. As expected, Atherton was in imperious form again - four out of six possible wins went to the Brit. The most impressive one in Fort William. After becoming second on her home track six times in her career, she finally conquered the course on home soil and won the first race of the season with a lead of ten seconds.
At the following stops in Val di Sole and Vallnord, Rachel was also no match for her competitors and she rode to another two top spots on the podium.
Emmeline Ragot was the only rider who was able to keep up the pace with Atherton. She won in Mont-Sainte-Anne and Leogang, showing that the Brit is not invincible. Going into the season finals in Leogang, Rachel only needed a top 15 ranking to win the title. She managed that with ease - she finished in second position and won the overall World Cup title for the second time in a row.show less