23 May 2016 | While a super exciting sprint finish resulted in N1NO Schurter’s 19th World Cup victory, Jenny Rissveds rode in world class fashion to an amazing second place in the Women’s Elite Competition.
Albstadt, Germany. SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team’s two stars this season have delivered highlights again and again with most recently a first and second place at World Cup round 2 in Albstadt, Germany.
N1NO’s victory was no surprise, but it was the result from some very hard work up until the last meter. No less exciting was a great performance from Jenny Rissveds. In only her second World Cup race in the elite category, she showed where she wants to be seen in the future- on the podium!
The outdoor arena of Albstadt- a great experience for riders and spectators
Someone just following results would likely say cross-country racing is boring, because the same two guys always win. Who ever follows the races live on RedBull TV or even better live on site will agree, as long as Julien Absalon and Nino Schurter- the two icons of the sport- can deliver such high level entertainment, we’ll stick to it. The Albstadt World Cup is great proof that cross-country racing is better and more alive than ever! Thanks to good organizers, exciting coverage and last but not least great athletes, spectators in Albstadt and worldwide were treated to something special yesterday.
Defense of the World Cup Leader’s Jersey? Check.
For the first few laps the lead group was quite big. The third of the protagonists of past years showed that he is back after his injury. Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy looked strong finishing in 4th place. It would not be a surprise if at the World Championship in Nove Mesto he is back with the two others battling it out. But for now it was the usual Absalon/Schurter train that was riding away from the rest of the field. As if they had made an agreement, they usually ride at very high pace together, not attacking each other, until the finale where the rivalry heats up!Up and down equally strong – Schurter in front of Absalon
From than on it was no joking around. Absalon was the first to try to escape on the long climb. Schurter stayed on and did not wait long with his counter attack. As they were equally strong on the uphills and downhills, a sprint finish had to decide between first and second. Julien got to the finish straight in first position and immediately launched the sprint. While this is usually an advantage for Schurter, the finish straight was quite short and it looked like Nino was going to run out of time to overtake Julien. Somehow N1NO managed to get around his rival in the very last meters to win by very few centimeters. What a finale!
What a finale!
N1NO makes not secret that Albstadt is not his favorite track. The climbs are quite long and the descents are not technical enough to really make a difference. The fact that N1NO had never before won in Albstadt makes this victory even sweeter. He stated: “Winning in a sprint finish is always extra excitement because you don’t know the outcome until you cross the line. To finally win here means a lot to me. Who knows if maybe my brand new SCOTT hardtail made the difference at the end. This bike certainly gave me some extra motivation and confidence.”
“Winning in a sprint finish is always extra excitement because you don’t know the outcome until you cross the line. To finally win here means a lot to me. Who knows if maybe my brand new SCOTT hardtail made the difference at the end. This bike certainly gave me some extra motivation and confidence.”
Nino Schurter, World Champion
SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team
Jaroslav Kulhavy (4.)-Julien Absalon (2.)- N1NO (1.)- Maxime Marotte (3.)- Lars Forster (5.)
Double pressure on Jenny Rissveds shoulders
After her crash on the start loop in Cairns, Jenny Rissveds tried to avoid the same thing by taking of from the start like a missile. In only her second Elite World Cup race she’s already gotten the taste of leading such a high level race. Soon after on second lap a crash at pretty high speed did not only cause some pain and loss of the rhythm, it also knocked her out of the top ten.
Jenny on track to her first podium
This was a big bummer that first needed to be digested. This is exactly where Jenny showed her class. After a mind set change she got going again and picked the race apart, one rider after another. Going into the last lap she was in 5th position knowing every UCI point would count towards the Olympics in Rio.
Except when crashing on her knee Jenny had everything under control during the whole race
Her last lap, which was the fastest of all riders, was something that even impressed experts who know what this girl is capable of. She moved all the way up into second place having only World Cup leader Anika Langvad ahead of her. What a ride!
Happy face crossing the liner in second
Sabine Spitz (4.)- Jenny Rissveds (2.)- Annika Langvad (1.)- Catharina Pendrel (3.)- Gunn-Rita Dahle (5.)
The cuts on her knee are pretty deep and her finger also took some abuse from the crash, but the excitement about her awesome finish was bigger than the pain. “This was almost a perfect day, despite my crash I felt very good today. I really hope this helps now to secure a spot for Sweden, because more than anything I want to participate at the Olympic games in Rio.”
“This was an almost perfect day, despite my crash I felt very good today. I really hope this helps now to secure a spot for Sweden, because more than anything I want to participate at the Olympic games in Rio.”
Jenny Rissveds, U23 World Cup Champion
SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing Team
Andri Frischknecht who was racing in the U23 race had a similar good last lap like Jenny, only he made it from 13th up to 8th place in the finale. In his third race of this season he showed that after his injury he is not only back on track but also has the ability to fight until the very end. Unfortunately not so good news came from Michiel van der Heijden. His is dealing with some issues with his back, He finished far back in 53rd. Marcel Wildhaber starting out of 130th position had basically no chance from the start. His 86th place is not satisfying for all the effort he put in.
Making his way back to top ten- Andri Frischknecht
This article was originally posted on scott-odlo.com.