Langvad extends World Cup lead in Albstadt

Dane tops Rissveds, Pendrel

Annika Langvad (Specialized) proved that her win in Cairns at the opening round of the cross-country World Cup was no fluke, with a dominating performance at round 2 in Albstadt, Germany, on Sunday.

Albstadt is a hard course, with steep climbs and technical descents. Many a rider has gone out hard only to fade badly in the final laps. This year, riders faced sun and heat, instead of the usual rain and mud.

Langvad rode away from the rest of the field on the first lap, after riding with a select group at the front on the start loop. She quickly went over a minute clear by the second lap, and then cruised to victory without too much difficulty.

Behind, Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo) was at the front of the chase until she crashed hard on a descent, bloodying her right knee. She lost a number of spots and appeared to be out of contention.

The chase was taken up by Catharine Pendrel (Luna), Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Pro Team), Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå (Multivan Merida) and Linda Indergand (Focus XC). Missing was defending World Cup champion Jolanda Neff (Stockli); a late scratch after becoming ill overnight before the start.

"Winning [in Cairns] gives me a lot of confidence," admitted Langvad. "I was a bit surprised that Jolanda wasn't here; she didn't start. I was expecting a close fight with her. When that didn't happen I just settled into my own pace. I didn't expect to take that amount of time on every single lap. I just slowed down just to feel comfortable and ride within my limits. And then when I heard I had two minutes so I decided, 'hey, let's just enjoy this and celebrate'."

Indergand was the first to come off the chase, as Pendrel set a tough pace on the climbs. Dahle Flesjaa was the next to fall back, and finally Spitz was dropped on the fourth lap. However, Rissveds was making a remarkable recovery through the field, setting the fastest splits in the final two laps, and caught Pendrel on the last lap to take second.

Langvad leads the standings with a perfect score of 500 points. Pendrel moves into second from fourth with 310 points, followed by Rissveds with 290.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing1:33:03 
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team0:01:25 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:01:36 
4Sabine Spitz (Ger)0:02:03 
5Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team0:02:14 
6Alessandra Keller (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team0:03:10 
7Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:03:14 
8Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:03:15 
9Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus Xc Team0:03:19 
10Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:03:32 
11Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing0:04:01 
12Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing Xc0:04:07 
13Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:04:35 
14Linda Indergand (Swi) Focus Xc Team  
15Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team  
16Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team0:05:15 
17Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team0:05:42 
18Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:06:03 
19Lisa Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus Xc Team0:06:13 
20Jovana Crnogorac (Srb)0:06:25 
21Daniela Campuzano (Mex)0:06:47 
22Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:06:55 
23Kate Fluker (NZl)0:06:59 
24Erin Huck (USA) Scott-3Rox Racing0:07:03 
25Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)0:07:35 
26Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing Xc0:07:57 
27Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team0:08:25 
28Perrine Clauzel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC0:08:30 
29Anne Terpstra (Ned) Ghost Factory Racing0:08:34 
30Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:08:39 
31Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)0:08:55 
32Eva Lechner (Ita) Luna Pro Team0:09:36 
33Larissa Connors (USA)0:09:50 
34Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:09:53 
35Sabrina Enaux (Fra)  
36Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:10:07 
37Hanna Klein (Ger)0:10:14 
38Chengyuan Ren (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl MTB Team0:10:18 
39Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)0:10:21 
40Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:10:35 
41Iryna Popova (Ukr) Bps MTB Team0:10:45 
42Haley Smith (Can)0:10:49 
43Estelle Boudot (Fra)0:10:50 
44Mariske Strauss (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team0:10:52 
45Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team0:10:57 
46Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing  
47Sandra Walter (Can)0:11:01 
48Evelyn Dong (USA)0:11:15 
49Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team0:11:31 
50Peta Mullens (Aus)0:11:48 
51Cherie Vale (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team0:13:10 
52Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing  
53Ariane Kleinhans (Swi)  
54Marine Groccia (Swi)  
55Mary Mcconneloug (USA)  
56Nadine Rieder (Ger)  
57Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)  
58Monika Zur (Pol) BH-SR Suntour-KMC  
59Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports  
60Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)  
61Nina Wrobel (Ger)  
62Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spa) Primaflor Orbea Racing Team  
63Cindy Montambault (Can)  
64Rebecca Beaumont (Can)  
65Paula Gorycka (Pol)  
66Vendula Kuntova (Cze) Expres Cz-Merida Team Kolin  
67Fabienne Schaus (Lux)  
68Tereza Nemcova (Cze)  
69Margot Moschetti (Fra) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team  
70Maxine Filby (GBr)  
71Lenka Bulisova (Cze)  
72Viviane Favery Costa (Bra) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports  
73Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) BH-SR Suntour-KMC  
74Lucia Vazquez Crespo (Spa)  
75Romaine Wenger (Swi)  
76Ivana Kostic (Srb) Smf Team  
DNFSerena Calvetti (Ita)  
DNFAleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)  
DNFPauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Raboliv  
DNFCorina Gantenbein (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team  
DNFAnnie Last (GBr) Novus Omx Pro Team  
DNFLena Wehrle (Ger)  
DNFJulie Bresset (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC  
DNFKerry Macphee (GBr)  
DNFIsabella Moreira Lacerda (Bra)  
DNSJolanda Neff (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team  
Rankings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Den) Specialized Racing500 pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team310 
3Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing Team300 
4Sabine Spitz (Ger)290 
5Linda Indergand (Swi) Focus Xc Team278 
6Helen Grobert (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing220 
7Alessandra Keller (Swi) Stöckli Pro Team215 
8Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing Xc214 
9Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing Xc205 
10Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team190 
11Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing178 
12Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team162 
13Adelheid Morath (Ger) BH-SR Suntour-KMC154 
14Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)148 
15Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler Pro Team146 
16Chloe Woodruff (USA)142 
17Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team140 
18Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team132 
19Perrine Clauzel (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC128 
20Kate Fluker (NZl)114 
21Erin Huck (USA) Scott-3Rox Racing110 
22Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team104 
23Eva Lechner (Ita) Luna Pro Team102 
24Barbara Benko (Hun) Focus Xc Team100 
25Jovana Crnogorac (Srb)96 
26Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Haibike Oetztal Pro Team90 
27Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing86 
28Chengyuan Ren (Chn) China Jiangsu Zgl MTB Team86 
29Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing82 
30Sandra Walter (Can)79 
31Karla Stepanova (Cze)78 
32Anne Terpstra (Ned) Ghost Factory Racing77 
33Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Kross Racing Team76 
34Julie Bresset (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC76 
35Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Unior Tools Team76 
36Hanna Klein (Ger)76 
37Githa Michiels (Bel) Versluys Team72 
38Lisa Rabensteiner (Ita) Focus Xc Team68 
39Daniela Campuzano (Mex)64 
40Peta Mullens (Aus)60 
41Sabrina Enaux (Fra)60 
42Ekateryna Anoshina (Rus)57 
43Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)56 
44Mary Mcconneloug (USA)53 
45Samara Sheppard (NZl)50 
46Haley Smith (Can)48 
47Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Rose Vaujany Fueled By Ultrasports45 
48Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Bra)44 
49Larissa Connors (USA)40 
50Katrin Leumann (Swi)38 
51Margot Moschetti (Fra) Cst Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team38 
52Cindy Montambault (Can)34 
53Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mex)29 
54Iryna Popova (Ukr) Bps MTB Team27 
55Mio Suemasa (Jpn)27 
56Ingrid Richter (Ger)26 
57Estelle Boudot (Fra)25 
58Karen Hill (Aus)25 
59Mariske Strauss (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team24 
60Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) Isd MTB Team23 
61Kim Hurst (NZl)23 
62Myra Moller (NZl)21 
63Evelyn Dong (USA)20 
64Kanako Kobayashi (Jpn)20 
65Irina Kalentyeva (Rus) Moebel Maerki MTB Pro Team19 
66Cherie Vale (RSA) Novus Omx Pro Team17 
67Ariane Kleinhans (Swi)15 
68Marine Groccia (Swi)14 
69Nadine Rieder (Ger)12 
70Monika Zur (Pol) BH-SR Suntour-KMC10 
71Jitka Skarnitzlova (Cze)8 
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