1 February 2013 |
Marianne Vos took Holland’s second gold medal of the day with a simply brilliant ride to successfully defend her world title at the World Cyclo-Cross Championships in Louisville, USA.
Helen Wyman, centre, lines up with Gabby Day (behind) and Marianne Vos, left
Vos moved into the lead towards the end of the first lap and from then onwards put on a ride which can only be described as a masterclass. Her technical excellent, athleticism and sheer energy set her on a level all on her own and her winning margin of over a minute and half was as decisive as it sounds in a 40 minute race.
Behind Vos there was a dynamic battle for the other medals with the USA’s Katie Compton moving through to take second place, after a sluggish start after her bike was stuck in the small chainwheel.
Katerina Nash on the Czech Republic seemed destined to take third after Lucie Chainel-Lefevre of France slipped on the final run-up, seconds from the finish and dropped back. Nash herself had slipped moments before to hand third to the Frenchwomen, so doubtless could not believe her luck to be handed a second chance to claim the medal.
However, as she re-mounted her bike at the start of the finishing straight, Nash unshipped her chain and was forced to run for the line, enabling Chainel-Lefevre to grab the medal, fist-pumping as she crossed the line!
Annie Last was the best of the British riders in 12th place after Helen Wyman was brought down in an early crash which also claimed Gabby Day. Wyman was delayed for what seemed an age and did well to get back to 13th. Day was 25th.
However, it was Vos’s day once again. She’s been called the greatest ever women’s cyclist and there has certainly never been such a supreme all-rounder in endurance cycling before. She now apparently intends to give Cross-Country mountain biking a serious shot this summer. You’d have to fancy her chances, wouldn’t you?
1 VOS Marianne NETHERLANDS 00:43:00
2 COMPTON Katherine UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +01:34
3 CHAINEL-LEFEVRE Lucie FRANCE +02:10
4 NASH Katerina CZECH REPUBLIC +02:12
5 VAN PAASSEN Sanne NETHERLANDS +02:15
6 LECHNER Eva ITALY +02:17
7 ACHERMANN Jasmin SWITZERLAND +02:36
8 STULTIENS Sabrina NETHERLANDS +03:06
9 VAN LOY Ellen BELGIUM +03:18
10 ANTONNEAU Kaitlin UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +03:19
11 DOMBROSKI Amy UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +03:26
12 LAST Annie GREAT BRITAIN +03:36
13 WYMAN Helen GREAT BRITAIN +04:02
14 ARZUFFI Alice Maria ITALY +04:09
15 WILCOXSON Jade UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +04:14
16 BATTY Emily CANADA +04:17
17 GOULD Georgia UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +04:24
18 CANT Sanne BELGIUM +04:26
19 DYCK Mical CANADA +04:39
20 HAVLIKOVA Pavla CZECH REPUBLIC +04:46
21 FERRIER-BRUNEAU Christel FRANCE +04:48
22 SIMMS Wendy CANADA +04:56
23 CAUZ Francesca ITALY +05:07
24 HARLTON Pepper CANADA +05:22
25 DAY Gabriella GREAT BRITAIN +06:36
26 TOYOOKA Ayako JAPAN -1LAP
27 LAFRENIERE Julie CANADA -1LAP
28 WHITSON Genevieve NEW-ZEALAND -1LAP
29 MIKULASKOVA Martina CZECH REPUBLIC -1LAP
30 FUKUMOTO Chika JAPAN -2LAP