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Cross-Country, Women1

Date27 July 2021 — 15:00
StatusOlympic
LocationIzu Mountain Bike Course, 1826, Ono, Izu-shi, Shizuoka 410-2402, Japan
Participants38 from 29 countries
DetailsDistance: 20.55 km
Intermediate 1: 1.30 km
Intermediate 2: 5.15 km
Intermediate 3: 9.00 km
Intermediate 4: 12.85 km
Intermediate 5: 16.70 km

Jenny Rissveds of Sweden was the defending Olympic champion in women’s cross-country mountain biking, but she had not seen many strong results since that victory. Much the same could be said for Poland’s Maja Włoszczowska and Canada’s Catharine Pendrel, the silver and bronze medalists respectively. France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, however, winner of the past two editions of the World Championships and also the 2021 European Champion, was much more favored. Jolanda Neff of Switzerland, meanwhile, had won the test event. The qualification for the event was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus was not impacted by the delay of the Tokyo Games.

Ferrand-Prévot slid out early in the race to give Neff a lead that she never relinquished. Great Britain’s Evie Richards, the 2018 Commonwealth Games runner-up, looked to be in contention early on, but she was soon replaced in the lead pack by Neff’s compatriots Sina Frei and Linda Indergand. The three Swiss riders soon pulled ahead of all other competitors and captured all three medals by a comfortable margin.

This was Switzerland’s first podium sweep since the 1936 Berlin Games, when they captured all of the medals in the floor exercise, although in that case bronze was shared by a German competitor. Switzerland’s only other clean sweep had come in 1924, in the pommeled horse, when the nation had taken the top four spots. As for cycling sweeps, this had only occurred previously at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, in many of the odd, US-dominated races, and the 1906 Intercalated Games, when France captured the podium in the road race.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeSLT/GSLRL1T/GLap 1 RankL2T/GLap 2 RankL3T/GLap 3 RankL4T/GLap 4 RankSL-L1SSL-L1RL1-2SL1-2RL2-3SL2-3RL3-4SL3-4RL4-5SL4-5R
1Jolanda NeffSUI1-15:46+0:13517:46132:02146:3411-01:04114:21114:16114:32114:30114:425Gold
2Sina FreiSUI1-16:57+0:148+0:234+0:563+1:092+1:27314:43314:49414:45214:48414:2613Silver
3Linda IndergandSUI1-17:05+0:134+0:235+0:564+1:153+1:27214:44414:49414:51314:42314:3410Bronze
4Blanka VasHUN1-17:55+0:1610+0:478+1:419+2:119+2:20615:05915:10915:02514:39214:316
5Anne TerpstraNED1-18:21+0:2111+0:317+1:187+1:568+2:16514:44415:03615:10814:50515:0112
6Loana LecomteFRA1-18:433:121+0:233+1:258+1:514+2:15414:57715:181114:58414:54615:2410
7Evie RichardsGBR1-19:09+0:133+0:192+1:065+1:515+2:50714:40215:03615:17915:291015:1521
8Yana BelomoinaUKR1-19:40+0:3418+1:1713+2:0710+2:4210+3:20815:171115:06815:07715:08715:1610
9Haley BattenUSA1-20:13+0:2416+1:0911+2:1813+3:0312+3:541015:191215:251215:17915:21815:1521
10Pauline Ferrand-PrévotFRA1-20:18+0:136+0:316+0:462+1:567+3:39914:52614:31215:421416:132015:3510
11Anne TauberNED1-20:18+0:2213+0:479+1:186+1:526+4:171214:59814:47315:06616:552614:5720
12Malene DegnDEN1-20:34+0:3520+1:1012+2:0911+3:0211+4:031115:091015:151015:251115:311115:2716
13Caroline BohéDEN1-20:57+0:3621+1:2516+2:4215+3:3614+4:341315:231415:331515:261215:28915:1912
14Jenny RissvedsSWE1-21:28+0:147+1:0210+2:1612+3:3613+5:151415:221315:301415:521616:091815:0922
15Kate CourtneyUSA1-22:19+0:2315+1:1814+2:2714+3:5915+5:271515:291515:251216:041815:581515:4831
16Daniela CampuzanoMEX1-22:50+1:0034+2:0522+3:3019+4:3716+5:411615:391615:411815:391315:341216:0513
17Janika LõivEST1-23:17+0:2214+1:4019+3:2918+4:4518+6:151715:522016:052015:481516:001715:5822
18Catharine PendrelCAN1-23:47+0:4222+2:0623+3:2917+5:0019+6:281815:582215:391716:031715:581516:1525
19Ronja EiblGER1-23:59+0:2617+1:4520+3:0516+4:4417+6:321915:532115:361616:111916:182216:236
20Maja WłoszczowskaPOL1-24:25+0:5933+2:1124+4:0121+5:4521+7:272115:461816:062116:162216:121915:5420
21Tanja ŽakeljSLO1-24:38+0:3519+2:0521+4:0223+6:0322+7:512316:042316:132216:332316:182215:4323
22Jitka ČábelickáCZE1-25:00+1:0035+2:4027+4:4325+6:2524+7:512216:142716:192416:142015:561316:0520
23Sofía GómezARG1-25:13+0:4928+2:2725+4:0224+5:4520+7:112016:122415:511916:152115:561316:5823
24Candice LillRSA1-26:20+0:4827+2:4729+4:4727+6:5225+8:362416:332916:162316:372416:142116:4021
25Eva LechnerITA1-26:26+0:149+1:2515+4:0122+6:2523+8:492515:451716:522816:562616:542516:3325
26Rocío GarcíaESP1-26:32+0:5531+3:0731+5:1329+8:0128+9:502616:463116:222517:202716:192415:387
27Raquel QueirósPOR1-27:46+0:4929+2:2726+4:4626+6:5826+9:512716:122416:352616:442517:232716:5127
28Rebecca McConnellAUS1-30:29+0:2112+1:3417+3:5720+7:1427+10:492815:471916:392717:493118:052818:3626
29Haley SmithCANat 1 lap+0.4425+3:1532+6:1231+9:053017:053317:133017:2528
30Viktoriya KirsanovaROCat 1 lap+0:4324+2:4728+5:3230+8:292916:383017:012917:2929
31Erin HuckUSAat 1 lap+1:0638+3:2433+6:2332+9:273116:523217:153117:3630
32Elisabeth BrandauGERat 1 lap+1:0637+2:4730+6:2833+10:243216:152817:573418:2832
33Githa MichielsBELat 2 laps+0:4626+5:2135+8:203419:093617:1531
34Yao BianwaCHNat 2 laps0:4223+4:1834+8:203418:103418:1835
35Jaque MourãoBRAat 2 laps+1:0536+5:3736+9:473619:063518:2636
36Michelle VorsterNAMat 3 laps+0:5230+5:383719:2037
37Miho ImaiJPNat 3 laps+0:5932+7:183820:5338
DNFLaura StiggerAUT0:002+1:3918+4:472816:132617:24332