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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
Venue detailsDistance: 20.55 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.

PosNrCyclistNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)Int 4 (Pos)Int 5 (Pos)Int 6 (Pos)
15Jolanda NeffSUI1-15:46– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)Gold
28Sina FreiSUI1-16:57– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)Silver
319Linda IndergandSUI1-17:05– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)Bronze
433Blanka VasHUN1-17:55– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
54Anne TerpstraNED1-18:21– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
66Loana LecomteFRA1-18:43– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
714Evie RichardsGBR1-19:09– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
810Yana BelomoinaUKR1-19:40– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
915Haley BattenUSA1-20:13– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
102Pauline Ferrand-PrévotFRA1-20:18– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1112Anne TauberNED1-20:18– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1230Malene DegnDEN1-20:34– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1327Caroline BohéDEN1-20:57– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
141Jenny RissvedsSWE1-21:28– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
157Kate CourtneyUSA1-22:19– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1617Daniela CampuzanoMEX1-22:50– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1711Janika LõivEST1-23:17– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1820Catharine PendrelCAN1-23:47– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
1925Ronja EiblGER1-23:59– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2021Maja WłoszczowskaPOL1-24:25– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2123Tanja ŽakeljSLO1-24:38– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2222Jitka ČábelickáCZE1-25:00– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2331Sofía GómezARG1-25:13– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2428Candice LillRSA1-26:20– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
259Eva LechnerITA1-26:26– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2618Rocío GarcíaESP1-26:32– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2734Raquel QueirósPOR1-27:46– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
283Rebecca McConnellAUS1-30:29– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
2929Haley SmithCANat 1 lap– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3036Viktoriya KirsanovaROCat 1 lap– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3124Erin HuckUSAat 1 lap– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3226Elisabeth BrandauGERat 1 lap– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3313Githa MichielsBELat 2 laps– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3438Yao BianwaCHNat 2 laps– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3532Jaque MourãoBRAat 2 laps– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3637Michelle VorsterNAMat 3 laps– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
3735Miho ImaiJPNat 3 laps– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
AC16Laura StiggerAUT– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF