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Neff wins Albstadt World Cup

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Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) wins

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) wins (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) on the way to victory in round 2 of the World Cup

Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team) on the way to victory in round 2 of the World Cup (Image credit: Robert Jones)
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As always big crowds in Albstadt

As always big crowds in Albstadt (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jolanda Neff (Sui) Kross Racing Team was easily riding sections most other struggled on

Jolanda Neff (Sui) Kross Racing Team was easily riding sections most other struggled on (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Linda Indergand (Sui) Focus XC Team

Linda Indergand (Sui) Focus XC Team (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)

Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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World Cup leader Jolanda Neff

World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Mountain bikings power couple JulienAbsalon and Pauline Ferrand Prevot

Mountain bikings power couple JulienAbsalon and Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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The mud build up on Catharine Pendrels bike added more than 6 pounds

The mud build up on Catharine Pendrels bike added more than 6 pounds (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Sina Frei (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing wins U23 Women's race

Sina Frei (Sui) Ghost Factory Racing wins U23 Women's race (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon Factory Racing XC

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon Factory Racing XC (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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1st year senior Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing

1st year senior Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Anne Tauber (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team

Anne Tauber (Ned) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Eva Lechner (Ita) Clif Pro Team leads at start of women's race

Eva Lechner (Ita) Clif Pro Team leads at start of women's race (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing

Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC

Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing XC (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Yana Belomoina (Ukr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team

Yana Belomoina (Ukr) CST Sandd American Eagle MTB Racing Team (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Alessandra Keller (Sui) Thomus- RN Racing Team

Alessandra Keller (Sui) Thomus- RN Racing Team (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Team Merida Gunn-Rita will retire at the end of the season

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Team Merida Gunn-Rita will retire at the end of the season (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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World Cup leader Annika Langvad struggled with the mud

World Cup leader Annika Langvad struggled with the mud (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Podium: Evie Richards, Sina Frei, Malene Degn

Podium: Evie Richards, Sina Frei, Malene Degn (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Podium: Alessandra Keller, Yana Belomoina, Jolanda Neff, Anne Tauber, Elisabeth Brandau

Podium: Alessandra Keller, Yana Belomoina, Jolanda Neff, Anne Tauber, Elisabeth Brandau (Image credit: Robert Jones)

World champion Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) rode away from the rest of the women's field in Round 2 of the Mountain Bike World Cup on Sunday, in Albstadt, Germany, taking both the event win and donning the leader's jersey for the series.

Rain through the week and on the morning of the race made the circuit muddy and slick, with almost every rider crashing at least once on the steep and technical descents. Neff seemed to relish the conditions, and was already 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field by the end of the start loop.

Alessandra Keller (Thomus-RN Racing) spent most of the racing chasing solo in second place, until the final lap, when she was caught by defending World Cup champion Yana Belomoina (CST Sandd American Eagle) and Anne Tauber (CST Sandd American Eagle), who took second and third, still over two minutes behind Neff.

"The conditions were my best friend today," said Neff. "When I heard that it was going to be muddy and rainy, I was the happiest person on earth. I love these conditions and I love mountain biking. Today, we had a real mountain bike race and I loved every second. A two-minute gap [over second place] was my goal. I knew the conditions were going to play in my favour. It was like La Bresse [France] a couple years ago, we had similar conditions and I loved it. I knew if I could be the first through the downhills I could use it to my advantage. I just tried to be in front and from there it went all smooth."

Neff jumped from sixth to first in the standings with 480 points, while round 1 winner Annika Langvad (Specialized) fell to second after struggling in the muddy conditions, finishing 29th. Tauber remains in third place.

Results

#Rider Name (Country)Result
1Jolanda Neff (Swi)1:36:17
2Yana Belomoina (Ukr)0:02:16
3Anne Tauber (Ned)0:02:25
4Alessandra Keller (Swi)0:02:32
5Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:02:49
6Linda Indergand (Swi)0:03:01
7Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)0:03:39
8Annie Last (GBr)0:04:30
9Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)0:04:53
10Kate Courtney (USA)0:05:24
11Tanja Žakelj (Slo)0:05:44
12Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (Mex)0:06:22
13Emily Batty (Can)0:06:34
14Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor)0:07:18
15Sandra Walter (Can)0:07:46
16Sabrina Enaux (Fra)0:07:50
17Julie Bresset (Fra)0:08:12
18Eva Lechner (Ita)0:08:43
19Catharine Pendrel (Can)0:09:05
20Jitka Škarnitzlová (Cze)0:09:32
21Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol)0:09:58
22Elisabeth Osl (Aut)0:10:36
23Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:11:07
24Olga Terentyeva (Rus)0:11:35
25Iryna Popova (Ukr)0:12:19
26Karla Štepánová (Cze)0:12:39
27Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:12:43
28Raiza Goulao Henrique (Bra)0:12:46
29Annika Langvad (Den)0:13:53
30Marine Groccia (Swi)0:13:59
31Andrea Waldis (Swi)0:14:11
32Irina Kalentyeva (Rus)0:14:15
33Lea Davison (USA)0:14:44
34Githa Michiels (Bel)0:15:24
35Rebecca Mcconnell (Aus)0:16:51
36Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi)
37Chrystelle Baumann (Swi)
38Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)
39Annemarie Worst (Ned)
40Estelle Boudot Morel (Fra)
41Ramona Forchini (Swi)
42Cindy Montambault (Can)
43Theresia Schwenk (Ger)
44Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus)
45Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)
46Mariske Strauss (RSA)
47Luciana Roland (Arg)
48Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut)
49Eliane Müggler (Swi)
50Haley Smith (Can)
51Serena Calvetti (Ita)
52Paula Gorycka (Pol)
53Lejla Tanovic (BiH)
54Cherie Redecker (RSA)
55Claudia Galicia Cortina (Spa)
56Barbara Benkó (Hun)
57Ellen Noble (USA)
58Elena Lloret Llinares (Spa)
59Hana Ježková (Cze)
60Lucie Veselá (Cze)
61Janika Lõiv (Est)
62Lotte Koopmans (Ned)
63Marion Colin (Fra)
64Catherine Fleury (Can)
65Joana Monteiro (Por)
66Sarah Riley (Aus)
DNFAnne Terpstra (Ned)
DNFJovana Crnogorac (Srb)
DNFSamara Sheppard (NZl)
DNFTatsiana Soupel (Blr)
DNFLisa Rabensteiner (Ita)
DNFAleksandra Podgorska (Pol)
DNFSabine Spitz (Ger)
DNFAdelheid Morath (Ger)
DNSErin Huck (USA)
DNSFabienne Schaus (Lux)
DNSKate Fluker (NZl)

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