Vos victorious at Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria

World champion prevails from four-rider break

World champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) triumphed at Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria for the third time in her career today, winning the hilly Basque Country race from a four-rider breakaway. Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) finished second in the same time as Vos while Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon), fresh off of winning the Philly Cycling Classic on Sunday in the United States, completed the podium in third at two seconds. Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products UCK) finished fourth in the same time as Stevens.

The 113km one-day race in Durango features four laps of a shorter circuit followed by a final large lap of 32km to the northwest which includes two steep climbs, the Alto deo Montekalbo and Alto de Muniketagane, usually decisive in determining the event's outcome. The summit of the final climb, the Alto de Muniketagane, is situated just 9.1km from the finish, with the remainder of the race a technical descent back into Durango.

The peloton hit the penultimate climb of the Alto deo Montekalbo together, but the field soon splintered into multiple groups on the ascent. Longo Borghini was the first across the summit, situated 25.1km from the finish, followed by Stevens and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies) in a lead group of approximately 20 riders.

On the descent and run-in to the Alto de Muniketagane the lead group increased in size to approximately 40 riders, but when the parcours tilted upwards the field split once again.

Midway up the day's final climb, what remained of the peloton shattered under the impetus of Stevens with the front of the race eventually whittled down to six riders: Vos, Johansson, Stevens, Longo Borghini, Moolman and Alena Amialiusik (BePink).

Stevens continued to apply pressure and this front group would cross the Alto de Muniketagane one at a time, with Longo Borghini and Johansson following the Specialized-lululemon rider over the summit.

Vos crested the climb 30 seconds down, but on the technical descent the Dutchwoman would bridge to Stevens, Longo Borghini and Johansson at the head of the race with two kilometres remaining. Moolman had been with the leaders, but a slow puncture caused her to lose contact.

Both Longo Borghini and Stevens would launch solo attacks in the run-in to the finish, but both moves were quickly neutralised. Johansson led-out the sprint, but Vos came around the Swedish rider to claim the Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria title for the third time in four years.

"I knew I could beat Elisa and Evie in a sprint, so I was focused on how I could beat Marianne," said Johansson. "If I let her jump first, I wouldn't be able to match her acceleration, so I had to open the sprint. I went at the 250 metre mark.

"Maybe I went too early, it's hard to say. Looking back, it's the only thing I might have done differently."

Full Results
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 2:56:53  
2 Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS    
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon 0:00:02  
4 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK    
5 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:00:21  
6 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:00:28  
7 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon 0:00:29  
8 Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK    
9 Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink    
10 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS    
11 Belen Lopez Morales (Spa) Lointek    
12 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant    
13 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant    
14 Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS    
15 Francesca Cauz (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
16 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
17 Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
18 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
19 Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
20 Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink 0:00:37  
21 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
22 Amy Pieters (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:52  
23 Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv/Giant    
24 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
25 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
26 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS    
27 Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
28 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
29 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano    
30 Eider Merino Cortazar (Spa) Lointek    
31 Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
32 Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
33 Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
34 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
35 Anna Ramirez Bauxel (Spa)    
36 Joanne Hogan (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango 0:01:21  
37 Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK 0:01:36  
38 Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
39 Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green 0:03:18  
40 Sharon Laws (GBr) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
41 Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant 0:04:22  
42 Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team 0:05:09  
43 Emma Crum (NZl) Lointek 0:05:18  
44 Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:05:20  
45 Irene Bitto (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 0:06:20  
46 Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
47 Patricia Schwager (Swi) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
48 Willeke Knol (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
49 Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa)    
50 Irene San Sebastian Lasa (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
51 Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon    
52 Mayalen Noriega (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
53 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon    
54 Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
55 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon    
56 Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon    
57 Dorleta Eskamendi Gil (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
58 Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies    
59 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
60 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) BePink    
61 Alexia Muffat (Fra) Lointek    
62 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Lointek 0:06:42  
63 Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spa) Lointek    
64 Elena Valentini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
65 Geerike Schreurs (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team    
66 Esra Tromp (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
67 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
68 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team    
69 Annette Edmondson (Aus) Orica-AIS    
70 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK    
71 Chiara Pierobon (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo    
72 Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) Lointek    
73 Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink    
74 Martine Bras (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team    
75 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
76 Ainara El Busto Arteaga (Spa)    
77 Céline Van Severen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies 0:06:52  
DNF Janneke Kanis (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF María Solera (Spa)    
DNF Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS    
DNF Rachel Neylan (Aus) Hitec Products UCK    
DNF María Casanova (Spa)    
DNF Veronique Anselmo (Por)    
DNF Sandra Antón (Spa)    
DNF Ariadna Amaya Martioda (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango    
DNF Daniela Levi (Isr) BePink    
DNF Alice Algisi (Ita) BePink    
DNF Ainhoa Candi (Spa)    
DNF Irati Ochoteco Arlegui (Spa)    
DNF Mirella Ehrin (Swe) Cramo Go:Green    
DNF Olatz Ferran Zubilaga (Spa)    
DNF Alba Agudo Sarraga (Spa)    
DNS Kelly Markus (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano    
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