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Rissveds takes short track win in Lenzerheide for elite women

Sweden's Jenny Rissveds Cross Country World Cup in Leogang Austria on June 13 2021
Sweden's Jenny Rissveds Cross Country World Cup in Leogang Austria on June 13 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images)

One week after the World Championships, World Cup racing resumed in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, with Jenny Rissveds (Sweden) taking the second short track win of her career. Cross-country World Champion Evie Richards (Trek Factory) finished second and Olympic Champion Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) was third before an appreciative crowd.

The circuit was physically demanding, opening with a long gravel climb. From the top of the climb, it was an undulating grass descent back to the final short asphalt climb to the finish line. The women raced nine laps.

Rissveds and World Cup leader Loana Lecomte (Massi) did much of the pacemaking in the opening laps - interestingly, both missed the World Championships cross-country the previous week due to illness. At the halfway mark there were still eight riders in contention, including short track World Champion Sina Frei (Specialized) and Anne Tauber (CST PostNL Bafang).

By the end of Lap 6 it was down to four after an attack by Tauber, when only Rissveds, Lecomte and Richards could join her. Neff looked to be struggling, but surged across to rejoin the leaders as they began the seventh lap. 

In the penultimate lap, Richards attacked hard on the climb and only Rissveds and Neff could stay with her as they began the final lap. Richards attacked again on the climb, dropping Neff, but then Rissveds counterattacked just before the top of the climb, opening a two second gap which she held to the finish line.

"It feels good, but it was hard," said Rissveds about the second short track win of her career. Lenzerheide is the location of her only cross-country World Cup win, and Rissveds agreed that the location suits her. 

"Mentally, it does a lot for me, with the good memories I associate with this place. I was sick last week [at World Championships], so I was a little bit insecure coming into this World Cup. I have only good memories here, so I think that's why it suits me a lot."

In the overall standings, Lecomte leads the World Cup with 1,400 points after finishing fifth, putting her 410 points ahead of second-placed Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Absolute Absalon BMC). Rissveds stays in third, but moved to within 85 points of Ferrand Prevot.

Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jenny Rissveds (Swe) 0:20:34
2Evie Richards (GBr) 0:00:02
3Jolanda Neff (Swi) 0:00:16
4Anne Tauber (Ned) 0:00:22
5Loana Lecomte (Fra) 0:00:31
6Ronja Eibl (Ger) 0:00:35
7Laura Stigger (Aut) 0:00:40
8Sina Frei (Swi) 0:00:46
9Alessandra Keller (Swi) 0:00:53
10Rebecca Mcconnell (Aus) 0:00:55
11Anne Terpstra (Ned) 0:00:58
12Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) 0:01:01
13Linda Indergand (Swi) 0:01:05
14Greta Seiwald (Ita) 0:01:07
15Candice Lill (RSA)
16Lena Gerault (Fra)
17Nicole Koller (Swi) 0:01:09
18Malene Degn (Den) 0:01:11
19Sophie Von Berswordt (Ned)
20Isla Short (GBr) 0:01:13
21Lea Davison (USA) 0:01:14
22Haley Batten (USA) 0:01:18
23Kate Courtney (USA) 0:01:24
24Nadine Rieder (Ger) 0:01:29
25Hélène Clauzel (Fra) 0:01:34
26Annie Last (GBr) 0:01:36
27Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) 0:01:38
28Barbara Benkó (Hun) 0:01:40
29Eva Lechner (Ita)
30Ramona Forchini (Swi) 0:01:45
31Jitka Čábelická (Cze) 0:01:47
32Jennifer Jackson (Can)
33Sandra Walter (Can)
34Haley Smith (Can)
35Githa Michiels (Bel)
36Emily Batty (Can)
DNFNina Benz (Ger)
DNFMartina Berta (Ita)
DNFChiara Teocchi (Ita)
DNFPaula Gorycka (Pol)

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