By Susan Westemeyer
Marianne Vos is aiming for the Olympic time trial this summer – in addition to the road race and track events, of course. There is plenty of time between the other events for her to ride the time trial, she has said.
The Netherlands can nominate two women for the time trial, and one place has already been given to Mirjam Melchers, who finished 11th in the Worlds time trial. National coach Johan Lammerts said that he was glad to hear of Vos' interest and would meet with her as soon as possible to discuss it.
National team leader Thijs Rondhuis said that the time trial course would suit the 2006 Road World Champion. "The main goal will still be the road race, but the parcours of the time trial is one that could be good for Vos," he said on the Netherlands cycling federation website. "There is a long climb with a high gradient which will be possible for Marianne, and an important descent has also been put in there. And she can do that like no one else."