"On the first lap, Alessandra and I worked together to stay away from Kate (Courtney). My plan was to attack on the second lap, but I could not drop Alessandra right away. So I tried again on the next lap and it worked." - Jenny Rissveds.
The Albstadt course is known for its long, steep climbs and fast, rough descents. Many a rider has gone out too hard only to crack in the second half of the race and quickly lose positions. Indeed, less than half the field finished on the same lap as the winner.
A dozen riders came out of the start loop with the leading group, but by the end of the first lap there were only two left, Rissveds and Alessandra Keller (Strubey-Bixs). American champion Kate Courtney (Specialized), third in the first round, was nine seconds back but could not close the gap, while other contenders were even further behind.
Margot Moschetti (Betch.nl Superior Brentjens), second last week and a strong climber, was expected to be Rissveds main challenger, but was clearly struggling and eventually finished fifth, after suffering from illness all week.
Rissveds and Keller rode together for the first half of the race, but then Rissveds began to slowly pull away; 13 seconds after the fourth lap, 28 seconds at the start of the sixth and final lap, and 49 seconds at the finish line.
Keller looked pleased to take second and, combined with her fourth place result in the first round, it moved the Swiss rider up to second overall. Courtney rode her own race to finish third, but was over three minutes down on Rissveds.
U23 Women: 25.9km (Start loop + 6 laps)
1 Jenny Rissveds (SWE) Scott-Odlo MTB Racing 1hr 22min 57sec
2 Alessandra Keller (SUI) Strueby-Bixs 0:00:49
3 Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Racing 0:03:04
4 Malene Degn (DEN) 0:04:07
5 Margot Moschetti (FRA) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens MTB 0:04:33
6 Ramona Forchini (SUI) Strueby-Bixs Team 0:04:58
7 Ling Yang (CHN) 0:06:11
8 Lisa Rabensteiner (ITA) Focus XC Italy 0:06:44
9 Olga Terentyeva (RUS) 0:07:31
10 Alice Barnes (GBR) Betch.Nl Superior Brentjens 0:07:43
39 Emily Parkes (AUS) -2 Laps
43 Holly Harris (AUS) -2 Laps