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By Fred Dreier
World downhill champion Rachel Atherton of Great Britain dislocated her shoulder after colliding with a car in Santa Cruz, California, on Sunday. Atherton, who rides for Animal-Commençal, was training on her road bike with her brothers Dan and George when the accident took place.
The three had been in Santa Cruz on a training trip since January 9.
Atherton reportedly hit the car head-on, with her Cervelo road bike taking the lion’s share of the damage. The 21-year-old Atherton also suffered cuts and bruises to her face.
Atherton dominated the 2008 UCI downhill World Cup, taking four victories and the overall title. She claimed the UCI world championship in June in Val di Sole, Italy.
It is not known whether the injuries will keep her out of the May 10-11 World Cup opener in Maribor, Slovenia.