Vos outsprints Bastianelli to win Novilon Eurocup

Armitstead solos in for third place

One day after sprinting to victory in the opening round of the UCI Women's Road World Cup, Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team) won the Novilon Eurocup from a two-rider break. The Dutch champion proved too much for her breakaway companion Marta Bastianelli (MCipollini Giambenini) in the kick to the finish line, and Vos won easily with a two-second margin over the 2007 world road champion.

British champion Elizabeth Armitstead (AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team) was part of the race-winning break with Vos and Bastianelli but had no answer when Vos attacked approximately six kilometers from the finish. Bastianelli was able to bridge back to Vos and stay with her through to the finish, while Armitstead soloed to third place, 1:31 back. Bastianelli's teammate Monia Baccaille (MCipollini Giambenini) won the field sprint for fourth place approximately one minute after Armitstead finished.

Vos was well aware of Bastianelli's finish kick as she finished second to the Italian at the 2007 world championships. "I've regularly encountered Marta at the European and World Championships and I know she's not slow," said Vos. "It was a matter of seeing how the sprint would play out."

The winning break was initiated by Bastianelli, who attacked from a lead group of approximately 60 riders with 15 kilometers remaining. Vos and Armitstead joined forces in pursuit and bridged to Bastianelli to form the decisive break.

While Armitstead had hoped to stay with her breakaway companions through to the finish, she's still in the process of building form for races later in the spring. "Marianne was again very strong," Armitstead said on her team's website. "I hope she now has reached top form, because that would mean there's not much room for improvement. I've been building form slowly and at the Tour of Flanders I want to be at my strongest."

Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team3:42:24 
2Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:00:02 
3Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:01:31 
4Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:02:26 
5Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
6Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
7Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
8Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
9Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
10Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
11Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
12Lucy Martin (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
13Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
14Anne Arnouts (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
15Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team  
16Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
17Carmen McNellis Small (USA) USA National Team  
18Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
19Valentina Scandolara (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
20Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
21Bianca Van Den Hoek (Ned) Team SRAM  
22Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
23Sarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
24Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
25Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
26Simona Frapporti (Ita) Be Pink  
27Jessica Glasbergen (Ned) Team SRAM  
28Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Team SRAM  
29Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
30Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Be Pink  
31Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
32Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:02:34 
33Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
34Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam0:02:36 
35Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
36Jennifer Purcell (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:02:39 
37Amanda Spratt (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
38Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
39Alexis Rhodes (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
40Patricia Schwager (Swi) Team GSD Gestion  
41Robin Farina (USA) USA National Team  
42Madeleine Olsson (Swe) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
43Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team  
44Nina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
45Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
46Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
47Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon0:02:48 
48Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Specialized - Lululemon0:02:53 
49Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:02:54 
50Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
51Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
52Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
53Rowena Fry (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
54Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS  
55Irina Molicheva (Rus) RusVelo0:03:27 
56Jennifer Wheeler (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
57Julia Martisova (Rus) Be Pink0:04:25 
58Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) USA National Team  
59Agne Silinyte (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:06:41 
60Kelly Markus (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
61Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
62Thalita De Jong (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
63Lauren Hall (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
64Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
65Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team  
66Inge Roggeman (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
67Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
68Sione Jongstra (Ned) Jan van Arckel  
69Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
70Manon Klomp (Ned)  
71Anouk Rockx (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
72Karen Elzing (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
73Silke Kogelman (Ned)  
74Annelies Visser (Ned)  
75Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
76Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Team GSD Gestion  
77Tone Hatteland Lima (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
78Judith Bloem (Ned) Restore Cycling  
79Judith Jelsma (Ned) Peoples Trust Ladies Cycling Team  
80Gloria Presti (Ita) Be Pink  
81Belinda Goss (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion  
82Fabienne Schaus (Lux) Abus Nutrixxion  
83Lorena Foresi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
84Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
85Emma Mackie (Aus) Abus Nutrixxion  
86Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) DPD - Pakketservice  
87Julia Soek (Ned)  
88Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team  
89Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Kleo Ladies Team  
90Emilie Aubry (Swi) Team GSD Gestion  
91Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren Honda Team  
92Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
93Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) RusVelo  
94Lina-Kristin Schink (Ger) Team GSD Gestion  
95Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
96Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
97Sandra Van Veghel (Ned) Team SRAM  
98Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara0:06:52 
99Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
100Janneke Ensing (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam0:06:54 
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