Jolanda Neff crushes the field to win gold in Tokyo 2020 Olympic mountain bike race

Neff led a Swiss sweep of the medals as Britain's Evie Richards put in a brave ride, battling to seventh with a smile

Jolanda Neff wins Olympic gold
Jolanda Neff wins Olympic gold
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Jolanda Neff was imperious in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic mountain bike race, tearing away from the women's field in the early laps and never looking back.

The Swiss rider was forced to sit behind Frenchwoman Pauline Ferrand-Prévot after the opening lap but an early mistake by Prévot, who lost grip on a tough uphill rock section, let Neff blast past and into the lead. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.