Henderson wins U23 women's cross country in Albstadt

Unlike earlier in the week, when rain kept the course wet and slippery, Saturday brought blue skies and sun, quickly drying out much of the course. Australian champion Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory) decided to start the four-lap under 23 women's race a little cautiously, holding back in fourth place until late in the first lap, when she began to move up. On the second lap, she took the lead and never relinquished it.

Jenny Rissveds (Sweden), after an early crash, moved up through the field into third by the start of the last lap, and then passed Yana Belomoyna (Superior Brentjens MTB) in the final lap to take second, with Belomoyna holding on to third.

"In the beginning, I felt like I was under a lot of pressure," said Henderson, "because straightaway on the first climb, they put a lot of pressure on, and it was quicker then I wanted. So I just sat back in about fourth, and then on the second climb of the first lap I decided to come strong and before I knew it I was sitting second wheel with the leader."

"Everything just went perfectly. It's unbelievable. My goal this year was to win a World Cup; I never thought it would be the opening round. It's a privilege to wear the leader's jersey."

Full Results

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U23 women cross country
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing1:05:56
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe)0:00:48
3Yana Belomoyna (Ukr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:01:02
4Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team0:01:58
5Linda Indergand (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader0:02:14
6Perrine Clauzel (Fra) Focus/Rotor/Coaching-System.Fr0:03:44
7Lena Putz (Ger)0:04:12
8Mariske Strauss (RSA)0:04:14
9Anne Terpstra (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team0:04:35
10Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Bikepark.Ch Adrisport0:04:55
11Andrea Waldis (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol0:06:18
12Bethany Crumpton (GBr)0:07:05
13Karla Stepanova (Cze)0:07:25
14Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader0:07:28
15Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-Bmc0:07:55
16Haley Smith (Can)0:08:39
17Margot Moschetti (Fra) Scott La Clusaz0:09:09
18Deborah Inauen (Swi)0:09:54
19Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team0:10:05
20Cayley Brooks (Can)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams0:10:22
22Barbora Machulkova (Cze)0:10:51
23Vendula Kuntova (Cze)0:11:37
24Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)0:11:50
25Majlen Müller (Ger)0:11:57
26Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Nor)0:12:01
27Nadezhda Antonova (Rus)0:12:38
28Marta Pastore (Ita)0:13:09
29Marina Filippova (Rus)0:13:12
30Aurea Ruiz Garcia (Spa)0:13:56
31Guzel Akhmadullina (Rus)0:14:37
32Zuzana Pirzkallova (Cze)0:14:49
33Romaine Wenger (Swi)0:15:03
34Hannah Barnes (GBr)0:15:44
35Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Orange Monkey Pro Team0:17:25
36Jennifer Kupferschmied (Swi) Wheeler - IXS Team0:17:32
37Shayna Powless (USA)0:18:27
38Marta Tereshchuk (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team0:19:09
DNFEkateryna Anoshina (Rus) Team ProtekRow 38 - Cell 2
DNFCandice Neethling (RSA)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFAleksandra Podgorska (Pol) Sante-Bsa TourRow 40 - Cell 2
DNFFelicia Ferner (Swe)Row 41 - Cell 2
DNSBritt Van Den Boogert (Ned)Row 42 - Cell 2
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U23 women cross country World Cup standings after round 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing90pts
2Jenny Rissveds (Swe)70Row 1 - Cell 3
3Yana Belomoyna (Ukr) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team60Row 2 - Cell 3
4Helen Grobert (Ger) Focus XC Team50Row 3 - Cell 3
5Linda Indergand (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader40Row 4 - Cell 3
6Perrine Clauzel (Fra) Focus/Rotor/Coaching-System.Fr35Row 5 - Cell 3
7Lena Putz (Ger)30Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mariske Strauss (RSA)27Row 7 - Cell 3
9Anne Terpstra (Ned) Superior Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team24Row 8 - Cell 3
10Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Bikepark.Ch Adrisport22Row 9 - Cell 3
11Andrea Waldis (Swi) Team Colnago Sudtirol20Row 10 - Cell 3
12Bethany Crumpton (GBr)18Row 11 - Cell 3
13Karla Stepanova (Cze)16Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ramona Forchini (Swi) Strübi MTB Kader14Row 13 - Cell 3
15Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer-Bmc12Row 14 - Cell 3
16Haley Smith (Can)10Row 15 - Cell 3
17Margot Moschetti (Fra) Scott La Clusaz9Row 16 - Cell 3
18Deborah Inauen (Swi)8Row 17 - Cell 3
19Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team7Row 18 - Cell 3
20Cayley Brooks (Can)6Row 19 - Cell 3
21Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams5Row 20 - Cell 3
22Barbora Machulkova (Cze)4Row 21 - Cell 3
23Vendula Kuntova (Cze)3Row 22 - Cell 3
24Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Can)2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Majlen Müller (Ger)1Row 24 - Cell 3


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