Jenny Rissveds raises her arms in victory as she wins the season-opening round of the 2024 Mountain Bike World Cup

Jenny Rissveds rides tactical masterclass to victory at World Cup opener in Brazil

The Swedish racer takes her first XCO win in five seasons in a thrilling battle.

Ryan Simonovich
by Ryan Simonovich 14.04.2024 Photography by
Piper Albrecht
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The past few years of women’s World Cup XCO racing has often resulted in a solo rider wrestling control of the race and winning after long, solo raids across the rocks, roots, and ruts in between the tape. Today’s race in Mairiporã brought out a different dynamic as riders tested each other in the first XCO contest in the lead up to the Paris Olympic Games. 

Jenny Rissveds (Team 31) kept her cool in the front group amid two American rivals, Savilia Blunk (Decathlon-Ford) and Haley Batten (Specialized). The 2016 Olympic champion positioned herself perfectly for a deadly last-lap attack on one of the steepest pitches on course that Batten’s legs just could not match.

How the race unfolded

Top 10

  1. Jenny Rissveds (31 Racing-Ibis) 1:17:18
  2. Savilia Blunk (Decathlon-Ford) @ :27
  3. Haley Batten (Specialized Factory) @ :45
  4. Chiara Teocchi (Orbea Factory) @ :58
  5. Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory) @ 1:09
  6. Alessandra Keller (Thömus maxon) @ 1:24
  7. Anne Tauber (Orbea Factory) @ 1:41
  8. Kelsey Urban (31 Racing-Ibis) @ 1:57
  9. Evie Richards (Trek Factory) @ 2:01
  10. Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) @ 2:02

Brief Analysis

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