Rissveds lands another win for Sweden in Nove Mesto World Cup

Stirnemann, Engen got toe-to-toe for minor placings

Jenny Rissveds (Swedish National Team) became the second Swedish rider in two rounds of the UCI Eliminator World Cup to win, following in the footsteps of compatriot Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory). Engen retained her overall lead in the series after finishing third.

The Nove Mesto eliminator course was very different from the first round, in Albstadt, Germany, last week. Where the opening round was very technical, running through city streets, this week incorporated parts of the cross country circuit, with a rock garden and long climb, requiring power and endurance.

Rissveds, who had been favoured to make the final in the first round before crashing in the semi-final there, had a clean run through to final with the exception of her quarter-final race, when she had to play catch up from last place after slipping a pedal in the start.

In the final, Rissveds was up against round one winner and world champion Engen, Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike) and cross country World Cup leader Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol). The group rode together through the opening jumps and rock garden, and then Rissveds made her move on the long paved climb halfway through the 1070-metre circuit, attacking to get the lead as the riders headed into singletrack.

"Jenny was too strong," said Engen. "She attacked at the top of hill and I just couldn't get on her wheel. She was fastest today. This is a course that you can be tactical on and wait until later in the race, but Jenny was just too strong."

Rissveds cruised in for the win, while Engen lost a close sprint for second to Stirnemann.

"My tactic was to be powerful at the beginning and look back at technical section to see if anyone was there," Rissveds said. "It wasn't easy, but I think my tactic was the best today. The course had everything - tech sections and you had to be powerful on the climb. The crash last week gave me some motivation, but I was also a little bit nervous because of it."

Engen retains the eliminator World Cup overall lead with 90 points, with Rissved in second 10 points back, tied for points with Stirnemann.

Elite women's eliminator full results

Big Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jenny Rissveds (Swe)  
2Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team  
3Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team  
4Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
Small Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Linda Indergand (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader  
6Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team  
7Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera  
8Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team  
1/4 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team  
10Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team  
11Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)  
12Lena Putz (Ger)  
13Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader  
14Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)  
15Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol  
16Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Nor)  
1/8 Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
17Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team  
18Veronika Bruchle (Ger)  
19Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH - SR Suntour - KMC  
20Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)  
21Alessandra Keller (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader  
22Pavla Havlikova (Cze)  
23Sabrina Enaux (Fra)  
24Pavlina Sulcova (Cze)  
25Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team  
26Marta Tereshchuk (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team  
27Cayley Brooks (Can)  
28Ana Zupan (Slo)  
29Pauline Pajot (Fra) Asptt Definitive Tec  
30Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team  
31Haley Smith (Can)  
DNFIrena Berkova (Cze)  

Elite women's eliminator World Cup standings after round 2

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team90 pts
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe)80 
3Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team80 
4Nadine Rieder (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team40 
5Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol37 
6Jolanda Neff* (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team26 
7Cécile Ravanel (Fra) Team GT Skoda25 
8Linda Indergand (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader20 
9Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Nor)19 
10Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Bi&Esse Carrera19 
11Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Giant Pro XC Team18 
12Anne Terpstra (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team16 
13Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team14 
14Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader14 
15Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)14 
16Anna Oberparleiter (Ita)8 
17Lena Putz (Ger)6 
18Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol6 
19Elvira Khayrullina (Rus)3 
20Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team2 
21Laura Turpijn (Ned) SBJ Bike Team1 
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