Vos claims overall World Cup with Vargarda victory

Dutch rider seals overall

Overcoming recent back problems and a puncture on the final lap, the world champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-LivGiant) showed her mettle by taking a tenacious victory in the Vårgårda World Cup in Sweden.

With her sprint victory over Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), Vos has sealed her overall title as World Cup champion for the second consecutive year, and the fifth time of her career.

Any Pieters (Argos-Shimano) was third of the six-rider breakaway, which also contained Elenora van Dijk and Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) and Amy van der Breggen (Sengers).

Vos punctured at a critical moment halfway through the last of 12 11km laps, but with a quick wheel change and a fast chase back to the leading group, the Dutch woman was able to recover her energies enough to sprint to the victory.

“I was pretty scared about Emma – she’s fast to the line too, so that’s why I wanted to take a fast last corner and sprint as hard as I could," Vos said, thanking her competitors for their sportsmanship when she had to stop for a puncture on the last lap. “I was quite lucky and happy that the others didn’t attack me, I have to say thanks for that.”

The race began with what should have been a non-threatening breakaway, containing Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS), Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-lululemon), Nina Kessler (Boels-Dolamns), Dani King (Wiggle Honda), Roxanne Knetemann (Rabobank-Liv/Giant), Rosella Ratto (Hitec Products UCK), Claudia Häusler (Team TIBCO) and Esra Tromp (Argos-Shimano).

But a counter-attack by Evie Stevens (Specialized-lululemon), Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Lucille Brand (Rabobank-Liv Giant) and Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) threatened Orica-AIS, which missed the second move and they chased it back.

With the World Cup still in the sights of Emma Johansson, her teammate Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS) marked a move by Vos's teammate Roxanne Knetemann. The pair built up a 1:30 advantage until Specialized-lululemon reduced the gap and attacks formed a 10-rider split that stayed away from the rest of the field.

That move contained Vos and Knetemann, Johansson and Gunnewijk, Pieters, Ellen van Dijk and Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon), Anna van der Breggen (Sengers), Rossella Ratto (Hitec Products UCK) and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda).

The leaders built up a huge advantage over the field as the winds picked up, clocking nine minutes by the time the race was over.

On the penultimate lap, and attack on the climb by Gunnewijk was countered by Vos, and distanced Bronzini from the group, a necessity for the world champion as the Italian sprinter had recently dominated the bunch kicks and breakaways at the Route de France.

The move broke the leading group into two, with only Vos, Johansson, Pieters, Van Dijk, van der Breggen and Stevens remaining. The six entered the final lap together, and after the return of Vos from her puncture, Stevens went for broke with an all-out attack. She was brought back and countered by Johansson, but neither move could distance Vos.

The World Cup leader attacked as the group approached the finish and held on for the victory over Johansson.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant3:26:41 
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS  
3Amy Pieters (Ned) Argos-Shimano  
4Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon  
5Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:00:25 
6Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:00:48 
7Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant0:01:22 
8Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK  
9Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS  
10Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda0:02:03 
11Kirsten Wild (Ned) Argos-Shimano0:09:00 
12Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda  
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
14Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda  
15Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
16Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo  
17Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK  
18Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS0:09:03 
19Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo  
20Amy Cure (Aus) Australia  
21Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda  
22Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia  
23Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
24Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
25Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
26Sara Olsson (Swe) Sweden0:09:07 
27Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
28Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team0:10:15 
29Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top0:12:23 
30Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
31Lauren Stephens (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
32Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Norway  
33Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
34Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Wiggle Honda  
35Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK  
36Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
37Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
38Jessie Maclean (Aus) Orica-AIS  
39Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
40Linnea Sjöblom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
41Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
42Esra Tromp (Ned) Argos-Shimano  
43Evelyn Arys (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
44Loren Rowney (Aus) Specialized-lululemon  
45Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
46Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
47Patricia Schwager (Swi) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
48Chloe Mcconville (Aus) Australia  
49Lucy Garner (GBr) Argos-Shimano  
50Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
51Martina Thomasson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
52Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon  
53Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Servetto Footon  
54Janneke Kanis (Ned) Argos-Shimano  
55Anastasiya Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo  
56Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo  
57Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo  
58Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant  
59Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS0:12:30 
60Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
61Camilla Sørgjerd (Nor) Norway0:17:53 
62Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Finland0:17:57 
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK  
DNFLisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon  
DNFAdrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFElizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFJessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFEmma Trott (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFRomy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFNina Kessler (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team  
DNFElke Gebhardt (Ger) Argos-Shimano  
DNFJulia Soek (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFMaaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team  
DNFBeatrice Bartelloni (Ita) Wiggle Honda  
DNFCarolin Rodriguez Guiterrez (Mex) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team  
DNFMelanie Späth (Irl) Team TIBCO-To The Top  
DNFEvgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFJessica Kihlbom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
DNFHanna Nilsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green  
DNFEmma Marcelli (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFVeronica Cornolti (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFCorinna Defile (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFSimona Bortolotti (Ita) Servetto Footon  
DNFEmily Roper (Aus) Australia  
DNFJessica Mundy (Aus) Australia  
DNFTina Andreassen (Nor) Norway  
DNFRakel Henriksen (Nor) Norway  
DNFHildegunn Hovdenak (Nor) Norway  
DNFThrude Karlsen Natholmen (Nor) Norway  
DNFLaura Vainionpää (Fin) Finland  
DNFSini Savolainen (Fin) Finland  
DNFJaana Hyvärinen (Fin) Finland  
DNFRosa Törmänen (Fin) Finland  
DNFMalin Rydlund (Swe) Sweden  
DNFMalin Wallin (Swe) Sweden  
DNFEmma Ahlstrand (Swe) Sweden  
DNFTilina Levin (Swe) Sweden  
DNSShara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS  
DNSBeata Sandström (Swe) Sweden  
World Cup rankings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant354 pts
2Emma Johansson (Swe) Orica-AIS252 
3Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon224 
4Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK156 
5Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team123 
6Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant86 
7Amy Pieters (Ned) Argos-Shimano80 
8Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Chirio Forno d'Asolo75 
9Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle Honda69 
10Evelyn Stevens (USA) Specialized-lululemon59 
11Kirsten Wild (Ned) Argos-Shimano58 
12Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team58 
13Amanda Spratt (Aus) Orica-AIS55 
14Rossella Ratto (Ita) Hitec Products UCK48 
15Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica-AIS45 
16Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon44 
17Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon44 
18Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica-AIS43 
19Adrie Visser (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team40 
20Chantal Blaak (Ned) Team TIBCO-To The Top38 
21Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant36 
22Chloe Hosking (Aus) Hitec Products UCK36 
23Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Belisol Ladies35 
24Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) RusVelo35 
25Shelley Olds (USA) Team TIBCO-To The Top35 
26Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Wiggle Honda33 
27Thalita De Jong (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant30 
28Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team30 
29Sara Mustonen (Swe) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team27 
30Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant27 
31Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team27 
32Marijn De Vries (Ned) Lotto Belisol Ladies27 
33Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Orica-AIS25 
33Shara Gillow (Aus) Orica-AIS25 
35Alena Amialiusik (Blr) BePink25 
36Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team24 
37Charlotte Becker (Ger) Wiggle Honda24 
38Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giordana24 
39Dani King (GBr) Wiggle Honda23 
40Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon22 
41Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team21 
42Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team20 
43Janneke Kanis (Ned) Argos-Shimano20 
44Kim De Baat (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team18 
45Amber Neben (USA) Pasta Zara-Cogeas18 
46Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Wiggle Honda16 
47Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Hitec Products UCK16 
48Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope16 
49Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant16 
50Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) RusVelo15 
50Anastasiya Chulkova (Rus) RusVelo15 
50Aizhan Zhaparova (Rus) RusVelo15 
53Amy Cure (Aus) Australia15 
54Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team15 
55Grace Sulzberger (Aus) Australia14 
55Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia14 
55Emily Roper (Aus) Australia14 
58Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team14 
59Romy Kasper (Ger) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team13 
60Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products UCK12 
60Julie Leth (Den) Hitec Products UCK12 
62Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO-To The Top11 
62Claudia Häusler (Ger) Team TIBCO-To The Top11 
64Julia Martisova (Rus) Chirio Forno d'Asolo11 
65Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Argos-Shimano10 
65Esra Tromp (Ned) Argos-Shimano10 
67Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) GSD Gestion-Kallisto10 
68Patricia Schwager (Swi) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team9 
68Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team9 
68Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team9 
71Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Wiggle Honda9 
72Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) RusVelo9 
73Martina Thomasson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green8 
73Linnea Sjöblom (Swe) Cramo Go:Green8 
73Mirella Ehrin (Swe) Cramo Go:Green8 
73Madelene Olsson (Swe) Cramo Go:Green8 
73Hanna Helamb (Swe) Cramo Go:Green8 
73Alexandra Nessmar (Swe) Cramo Go:Green8 
79Aurore Verhoeven (Fra) Team Polaris8 
80Camilla Sørgjerd (Nor) Norway7 
80Ingrid Lorvik (Nor) Norway7 
80Thrude Karlsen (Nor) Norway7 
80Tina Andreassen (Nor) Norway7 
80Hildegunn Hovdenak (Nor) Norway7 
85Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Belisol Ladies7 
86Simona Frapporti (Ita) BePink7 
87Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Rabobank Liv/Giant7 
88Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Servetto Footon6 
88Emma Marcelli (Ita) Servetto Footon6 
88Simona Bortolotti (Ita) Servetto Footon6 
88Veronica Cornolti (Ita) Servetto Footon6 
92Edwige Pitel (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini-Rox6 
93Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Pasta Zara-Cogeas6 
94Elena Cecchini (Ita) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team5 
95Roxane Fournier (Fra) France4 
96Annelies Dom (Bel) Cyclelive Plus-Zannata4 
97Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope3 
98Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv/Giant3 
99Ashlynn Van Baarle (Ned) Faren-Let's Go Finland Team2 
100Lucie Pader (Fra) Bourgogne-Pro Dialog2 
101Noemi Cantele (Ita) BePink1 
102Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies1 
103Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Team Polaris1 


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