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Mountain Bike World Championships: GB’s Danny Hart bidding for third career rainbow jersey

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Danny Hart riding downhill at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
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Great Britain’s Danny Hart will begin his bid for his third rainbow jersey on Friday at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Austria.

Hart goes in qualification in men’s downhill, with two-time silver medallist Tahnee Seagrave also starting her campaign for a maiden world title in the women’s event.

In the men’s U23 category Tom Pidcock will aim to win his second gold of the week when he lines up in the cross-country final.

Pidcock, a new signing for the Ineos Grenadiers road team, won the electric pedal-assist E-MTB event on Wednesday.

Those riders are among 32 elite and age-group British Cycling representatives who travelled to Leogang for the championships.

Five-time downhill world champion Rachel Atherton, who has not competed in more than a year after snapping her Achilles tendon, had planned to use the event to make her comeback.

However, she decided to withdraw following medical advice that her injury was not ready for competition.

That means Seagrave, who has come second in each of the last two editions, could be Britain’s best hope for downhill gold.

The 25 year-old, though, is also returning from her own injury troubles, having suffered a double leg break and ankle dislocation in a training run earlier this year.

Should Seagrave and Hart successfully navigate Friday’s qualifying they will go in the final on Sunday.

On Saturday it is the turn of the Olympic cross-country discipline, where Annie Last will aim to add world gold to the Commonwealth Games