Neff wins Albstadt World Cup

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

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#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)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Chrystelle Baumann (Swi)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Elisabeth Sveum (Nor)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Annemarie Worst (Ned)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Estelle Boudot Morel (Fra)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Ramona Forchini (Swi)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Cindy Montambault (Can)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Theresia Schwenk (Ger)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Janka Keseg Stevkova (Svk)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Mariske Strauss (RSA)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Luciana Roland (Arg)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Eliane Müggler (Swi)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Haley Smith (Can)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Serena Calvetti (Ita)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Paula Gorycka (Pol)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Lejla Tanovic (BiH)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Cherie Redecker (RSA)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Claudia Galicia Cortina (Spa)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Barbara Benkó (Hun)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Ellen Noble (USA)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Elena Lloret Llinares (Spa)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Hana Ježková (Cze)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Lucie Veselá (Cze)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Janika Lõiv (Est)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Lotte Koopmans (Ned)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Marion Colin (Fra)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Catherine Fleury (Can)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Joana Monteiro (Por)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Sarah Riley (Aus)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFAnne Terpstra (Ned)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFJovana Crnogorac (Srb)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFSamara Sheppard (NZl)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFTatsiana Soupel (Blr)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFLisa Rabensteiner (Ita)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFAleksandra Podgorska (Pol)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFSabine Spitz (Ger)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFAdelheid Morath (Ger)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNSErin Huck (USA)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNSFabienne Schaus (Lux)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNSKate Fluker (NZl)Row 76 - Cell 2

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