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AFP

on 07/27/2021 at 9:52 a.m.

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Switzerland outrageously dominated the women’s mountain bike event of the Games on Tuesday, placing three representatives in the top three places, a first since the discipline joined the Olympic program in 1996.

At the end of the 20.5 km traced in Izu, at the foot of Mount Fuji, the Olympic title went to Jolanda Neff ahead of her compatriots Sina Frei, 2nd, and Linda Indergand, 3rd.

The French Loana Lecomte, 6th at 2 min 57 / 100th behind Neff, and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, 10th at 4 min 32 sec, logical favorites at the start, are the big battles of the day.

At 21, Lecomte had dominated head and shoulders by winning this year handily four World Cup rounds out of four.

Ferrand-Prévot, 29, had prepared these Games as the end of his life, to finally win the only medal that is still missing from his XXL record.

But Neff was ruthless. The Swiss even did what Lecomte used to do this season on all World Cup rounds: she took the lead alone from the first kilometers, gradually widened the gap until she had a margin relatively comfortable one minute on his pursuers, before managing his lead.

On the technical and difficult circuit of Izu, made even more tricky by the rain which had poured down a few hours before the start, she made no mistakes, where several of her rivals lost time on slips or technical faults.

The 28-year-old Swiss did not take anyone by surprise. She is part of the world elite: world champion in MTB marathon in 2016, then cross-country and relay the following year, she also has four European champion titles to her credit.

Versatile, she also has a great career on the road, where she won two Swiss championship titles (2015, 2018).

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