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Vos crosses to track this winter

By:
Mark Zalewski North American Editor in Downers Grove, Illinois
Published:
August 21, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:38 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for August 21, 2007

Marianne Vos has decided not to race the upcoming cyclo-cross season, instead choosing to...

Marianne Vos has decided not to race the upcoming cyclo-cross season, instead choosing to concentrate on the track. The current women's world road champion hopes her appearance at the Track World Cups will allow her to measure herself against other competitors, giving her an idea of which discipline she should contest at the Olympic Games - track of road.

Vos decision to focus on track during this European winter has prompted her sponsor DSB Bank to set up a team around the 20 year-old, so that she is assured a start place in the Peking, Los Angeles and Copenhagen rounds of the 07-08 Track World Cup.

The Dutchwoman, who was the 2006 cyclo-cross world champion, decided to not concentrate on the discipline where she has won a European title, at least for the time being. "Last winter's cyclo-cross season was draining for me," she told Sportswereld.be. "By racing the track I hope to come into next year's road season fresher, so that I can have a good start on the route that will hopefully end with the Olympics in Peking."

Vos will start the track season with ambitions in the individual pursuit. "I still have everything to prove on the track, but the tests from last year showed me that there is a chance there for me," she said. "The World Cups will show if I can gain a spot on the world's team. Only then will we be able to decide which discipline I may have a chance to be competitive in at the Olympics."

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