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Vos leads Dutch track team to success in Beijing

By:
Gennie Sheer
Published:
December 09, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:23 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, December 9, 2007
A qualifying round in the women's scratch race

A qualifying round in the women's scratch race

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In the first two days of competition in Beijing at the UCI Track World Cup , Dutch cycling star...

In the first two days of competition in Beijing at the UCI Track World Cup, Dutch cycling star Marianne Vos showed her extraordinary talent applies on the track, too. The former women's World Road and Cyclo-cross Champion collected her second gold track World Cup medal in as many days on the newly built Laoshan velodrome.

Saturday, Vos added a women's points race gold medal to her scratch race victory of Friday. In the points race, she won in a tight battle with Cuban Yoanka Gonzalez. In fact, the two women scored the same number of points, 12, but Vos took the win by virtue of her win in the race's final sprint. Australian Kate Bates' finished third with nine points.

The 20 year-old Vos is making her debut on the track after she decided to skip the 'cross season this year to focus on qualifying for the Olympic Games. She will also scope out the courses for the road race events while in Beijing.

Vos's win Saturday wasn't the only medal for the Netherlands. The Dutch men's team collected a third place in the men's team pursuit. The British pursuit team of Ed Clancy, Steve Cummings, Geraint Thomas and Paul Manning qualified fastest and took home a gold medal comfortably while New Zealand surprised with a second place.

Dutch women Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis handily won the women's team sprint from French pairing Sandie Clair and Clara Sanchez.

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