Van Vleuten wins penultimate World Cup round

Dutchwoman assumes World Cup lead from teammate Vos

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) won the eighth round of the UCI Women's World Cup in Vargarda, Sweden. The 28-year-old Dutchwoman outsprinted Eleonora Van Dijk (HTC Highroad Women) and Nicole Cooke (SC MCipollini Giambenini) for the victory in the World Cup's penultimate race, which vaulted her into the overall World Cup lead previously held by teammate Marianne Vos.

Contested on 12 laps of an 11km circuit, the race's decisive move formed with three and a half laps remaining and was comprised of Van Vleuten, Van Dijk, Cooke, Irene van den Broek (AA Drink), Iris Slappendal (Garmin-Cervelo), Oxana Kozonchuck (Russian Federation) and Regina Bruins (Netherlands).

Far from sitting-in on the break, Van Vleuten was active throughout, driving on the main climb and also out of Vargarda, on a short, steep rise after a railway bridge at the beginning of the circuit.

The escapees were caught inside of the final kilometre, but Van Vleuten, Van Dijk and Cooke had already launched their sprint and held off the charging peloton.

Van Vleuten was clearly in control in the final 250 metres, but she made sure of her win by sprinting to the line and only celebrating afterwards with a short punch in the air and a shout of delight.

"We went away in the third last lap," said Van Vleuten. "I was there with a lot of Dutch girls and it was perfect. We worked well together. It was exciting because the gap wasn't very big. No bigger than 40-45 seconds I think.

"In the end it almost came back together. I attacked with 800m to go. I felt so strong today. I had really good legs and I was in front from the start of the sprint."

Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit), who was wearing the World Cup leader's jersey in the race and was in prime position in the bunch when it caught the breakaway, sat up when she realised that her teammate would win. She then watched for the finishing position of their nearest competitor in the season-long competition, Emma Johansson (Hitec Products), who managed tenth.

Vos knew immediately that was enough for Van Vleuten to take the World Cup lead, and made her own two-handed celebration for her teammate as she passed through the finish area in 17th place.

"She [Johansson] wasn't near the front," said Vos. "She and her team had done much of the work to try to close the gap and I think it was all too much in the end. We knew Annemiek was strong and she had really good legs. To have both of us in the top two places [of the World Cup] is incredible."

The top three in the World Cup standings are Van Vleuten (287 points), Vos (280) and Johansson (212) with one round remaining: the GP de Plouay on August 27.

While the Dutch teammates are closely matched for the overall World Cup title, Emma Johansson must win in Plouay with van Vleuten failing to finish in the top 20 in order to wrest the leader's jersey from an otherwise almost certain Nederland Bloeit win.

Full Results
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3:19:49 
2Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women  
3Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC MCipollini Giambenini  
4Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
5Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team  
6Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team  
7Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo  
8Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
9Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
10Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK  
11Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini  
12Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
13Julia Martisova (Rus) Russian Federation  
14Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
15Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
16Regina Bruins (Ned) Netherlands  
17Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
18Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
19Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russian Federation  
20Grete Treier (Est) Estonia  
21Andrea Bosman (Ned) Netherlands  
22Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Lotto Honda Team  
23Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Denmark  
24Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Vaiano Solaristech  
25Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
26Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
27Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Netherlands  
28Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini  
29Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit  
30Madeleine Olsson (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
31Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russian Federation  
32Claudia Häusler (Ger) Germany  
33Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women  
34Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia  
35Robyn De Groot (RSA) Lotto Honda Team  
36Sharon Laws (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo  
37Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands  
38Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
39Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Germany  
40Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
41Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women  
42Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Russian Federation  
43Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Honda Team  
44Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Russian Federation  
45Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo  
46Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit  
47Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
48Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women0:00:17 
49Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo0:00:23 
50Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo  
51Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini0:00:25 
52Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team0:00:40 
53Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) AA Drink - Cycling Team0:00:49 
54Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink - Cycling Team0:01:01 
55Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team0:01:42 
56Marion Rousse (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:02:16 
57Denise Ramsden (Can) Juvederm - Specialized  
58Jennifer Hohl (Swi) SC MCipollini Giambenini0:06:54 
59Patricia Schwager (Swi) Nederland Bloeit  
60Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
61Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Hitec Products - UCK  
62Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands  
63Yulia Iliynikh (Rus) Russian Federation0:08:25 
64Martina Thomasson (Swe) Sweden  
65Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine  
66Anna Nagirna (Ukr) Ukraine  
67Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team0:09:10 
68Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia  
69Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK  
70Lex Albrecht (Can) Juvederm - Specialized  
71Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team  
72Monica Holler (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green  
73Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine  
74Linn Torp (Nor) Alriksson Go:Green  
75Jessie Maclean (Aus) Australia  
76Liisi Rist (Est) Estonia  
77Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech  
78Julie Leth (Den) Denmark  
79Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Ukraine  
80Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Vaiano Solaristech  
81Marissa Otten (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team  
World Cup standings after round 7
1Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit287pts
2Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit280 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK212 
4Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women163 
5Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women143 
6Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo117 
7Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo111 
8Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team108 
9Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team103 
10Eleonora Van Dijk (USA) HTC Highroad Women85 
11Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women81 
12Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss81 
13Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC MCipollini Giambenini73 
14Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo70 
15Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini68 
16Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo67 
17Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team66 
18Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini51 
19Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo50 
20Iris Slappendel (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo46 
21Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) AA Drink - Cycling Team45 
22Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Honda Team45 
23Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team42 
24Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara39 
25Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech37 
26Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra)36 
27Amber Neben (USA) HTC Highroad Women35 
28Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara35 
29Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team34 
30Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink - Cycling Team33 
31Sharon Laws (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo29 
32Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team29 
33Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini28 
34Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top24 
35Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK24 
36Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team24 
37Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion22 
38Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green22 
39Romy Kasper (Ger) Kuota Speed Kueens21 
40Jessie MacLean (Aus) Australia20 
40Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australia20 
40Taryn Heather (Aus) Australia20 
40Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australia20 
40Shara Gillow (Aus) Australia20 
45Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit19 
46Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team18 
47Patricia Schwager (Ned) Nederland Bloeit16 
48Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss16 
49Yulia Iliynikh (Rus) Russian Federation15 
49Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russian Federation15 
51Regina Bruins (Ned) Netherlands15 
52Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo15 
53Lisa Brennauer (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK14 
53Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK14 
53Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK14 
56Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss14 
57Claudia Häusler (Ger) Germany13 
57Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany13 
57Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany13 
60Josephine Tomic (Bel) Lotto Honda Team12 
60Vicki Whitelaw (Bel) Lotto Honda Team12 
60Ashleigh Moolman (Bel) Lotto Honda Team12 
60Robyn De Groot (Bel) Lotto Honda Team12 
64Belinda Goss (Aus)12 
65Christine Majerus (Lux) GSD12 
66Jennifer Hohl (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini11 
67Kristin Mcgrath (USA)11 
68Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands10 
68Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Netherlands10 
68Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands10 
71Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Ukraine9 
71Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine9 
71Anna Nagirna (Ukr) Ukraine9 
71Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine9 
75Jutatip Maneephan (Tha)9 
76Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit9 
77Polona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango9 
78Giulia Ronchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo8 
78Simona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo8 
78Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo8 
81Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Ger)8 
82Martina Thomasson (Swe) Sweden7 
82Marie Lindberg (Swe) Sweden7 
82Karin Aune (Swe) Sweden7 
82Linea Fredäng (Swe) Sweden7 
82Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Sweden7 
87Andrea Bosman (Ned)7 
88Noortje Tabak (Ned) Nederland Bloeit7 
89Linnea Sjöblom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green6 
89Madeleine Olsson (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green6 
89Malin Rydlund (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green6 
92Alessandra D'Ettorre (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo6 
93Martina Zwick (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion6 
94Aude Biannic (Fra)6 
95Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope6 
96Carmen McNellis Small (USA) TIBCO - To The Top6 
97Mary Zider (Can) Juvederm - Specialized5 
97Lex Albrecht (Can) Juvederm - Specialized5 
97Veronique Labonte (Can) Juvederm - Specialized5 
97Denise Ramsden (Can) Juvederm - Specialized5 
97Moriah MacGregor (Can) Juvederm - Specialized5 
102Cherise Taylor (RSA) Lotto Honda Team5 
103Jolien D'Hoore (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team4 
103Latoya Brulee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team4 
103Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team4 
106Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini4 
107Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit3 
108Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team3 
108Janneke Ensing (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team3 
108Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team3 
108Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team3 
112Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) China Chongming - Giant Pro Cycling3 
113Edwige Pitel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope3 
114Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Russian Federation2 
115Henriette Christensen (Den) Denmark2 
115Julie Leth (Den) Denmark2 
115Michelle Lauge Jensen (Den) Denmark2 
115Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Denmark2 
119Coryn Rivera (USA)2 
120Ruth Corset (Aus)2 
121Grete Treier (Est) Estonia1 
122Julie Beveridge (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope1 
122Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope1 
122Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope1 
125Fabiana Luperini (Ita) SC MCipollini Giambenini1 
126Jacquelyn Crowell (USA)1 

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