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Vos wins third World Cup in Dutch 1-2

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Sweden's Johansson remains World Cup leader, Vos a close second

Marianne Vos took her third World Cup victory of the season in the Open de Suède Vargarda on Sunday. The DSB Bank rider bested Cervelo's Kirsten Wild and hometown favourite Emma Johansson (Red Sun) to claim the sprint victory in Sweden. Johansson's third place was good enough to keep her in the lead of the series by just three points over Vos.

"It was great to win," said Vos. "It was a hard race. In the first few laps you think, 'it's a good circuit, its not so hard' but in the last five or six laps you start to feel the climb and of course, the high speed. But I felt good and I thought that maybe when it comes to a sprint I had a chance."

The racers enjoyed clear skies and pleasant temperatures for the eighth round of the World Cup in Sweden. The relatively flat course and favourable conditions nullified the action in the first half of the race, but as the laps counted down, the Cervelo TestTeam took control of the pace and shredded the field.

By the time the race entered the final lap, the lead group was reduced to just 21 riders..

"I saw that Cervelo were working for the sprint and I had to stay focused because of the attacks on the climb. But then I made it into the sprint," said Vos.

"It was pretty weird in the last kilometre. I was 'sandwiched' and then I nearly bumped onto the curb, and so I had some sprints before the sprint. Then I saw Kirsten [Wild] and I came into the straight on her wheel. That was the best position I could have had. We were side by side and sprinting as hard as we could, and in the last twenty metres I managed to come over her."

The race for the World Cup series lead got closer than ever, and Johansson knew exactly where she had to place in order to keep the World Cup leader's jersey going into the next round at the GP Plouay on August 22. "I knew I had to be third if Marianne won to keep the jersey. Three points, its not much, but I still get to ride in the jersey one more time."

The Swede was up against strong opposition from the Cervelo TestTeam, winners of Friday's Team Time Trial, who rode hard on the front with Kristin Armstrong and Christiane Soeder to split the bunch and set up the sprint for Wild. "I didn't have a super day today. The circuit was hard and there was not so much wind, which I had been hoping for. It was just too hard to ride away.

"I think Cervelo were riding for a sprint [finish] and when they start riding for a sprint you just know its going to happen. I thought maybe a smaller group could go, but then I realised it was going to be a sprint and I think Marianne [Vos] knew too and she started saving herself for a sprint. She was so strong today and Kirsten Wild too."

Wild came 20cm from her first individual World Cup victory, but the team performed well, according to manager Thomas Campana. "We wanted to have the race under control until there were six laps to go, after which we started the action and tried to split the bunch to isolate the strong sprinters from other teams.

"The team was very strong, and they worked incredibly well together to set up a good lead out for Kirsten. Until the last 100m it looked like she could win, but she was beat by a former world champion by 20 cm - we can live with that! There were no mistakes made in this race - the women had a great race today."

"The team did really well," said Wild. "We had control from the beginning and we followed our plan. It worked well; we stayed together until the very end when we tried to set up the sprint, but unfortunately I was second. The team was very, very good. She [Marianne Vos] passed me in the last few meters. I think she was just faster today."

1 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO 3:25:20  
2 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam    
3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team    
4 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team    
5 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.Nl    
6 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck    
7 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
8 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint    
9 Martine Bras (Ned) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
10 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team    
11 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam    
12 Linda Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia-HTC Women    
13 Mirjam Melchers Van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint    
14 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO    
15 Adrie Visser (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO    
16 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team    
17 Madelene Olsson (Swe) Sweden    
18 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint 0:00:14  
19 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Leontien.Nl 0:00:16  
20 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervélo TestTeam 0:00:19  
21 Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0:00:23  
22 Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line 0:01:01  
23 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC Women    
24 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Petrogradets    
25 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
26 Karine Gautard-Roussel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
27 Iris Slappendal (Ned) Team Flexpoint    
28 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
29 Kim Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-HTC Women    
30 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam    
31 Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam 0:06:21  
32 Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) Ukraine 0:09:15  
33 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck    
34 Ludvine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team    
35 Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) Sweden    
36 Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine    
37 Karin Aune (Swe) Sweden    
38 Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team Hitec Products Uck    
39 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team    
40 Frøydis Meen Wærsted (Nor) Norway    
41 Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team    
42 Elena Novikova (Rus) Petrogradets    
43 Christine Majerus (Lux) Luxembourg    
44 Bianca Purath (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
45 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
46 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC Women    
47 Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
48 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) DSB Bank - LTO    
49 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC Women 0:10:47  
50 Kristine Saastad (Nor) Norway 0:11:33  
51 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.Nl    
52 Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Sweden    
53 Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint    
54 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine 0:13:57  
55 Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine    
56 Line Foss (Nor) Team Hitec Products Uck    
57 Julia Ilinykh (Rus) Petrogradets    
58 Maria Kazaschenko (Rus) Petrogradets    
59 Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
60 Evgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Ukraine    
61 Liesbeth Bakker (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO    
62 Cecilie Sæterhöy Johansen (Nor) Norway    
63 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) DSB Bank - LTO    
64 Agne Bagdonaviciute (Ltu) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
65 Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Ukraine    
66 Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi 0:14:02  
67 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team    
68 Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
69 Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
70 Latoya Brulée (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team 0:14:08  
71 Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Luxembourg    
72 Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam    
73 Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team    
74 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint    
75 Marlijn Binnendijk (Ned) Leontien.Nl    
76 Karin Thürig (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team    
77 Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line    
DNF Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team    
DNF Jennifer Fischer (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Florence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope    
DNF Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.Nl    
DNF Lucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.Nl    
DNF Chantal Hoffmann (Lux) Luxembourg    
DNF Christine Kovelter (Lux) Luxembourg    
DNF Anne-Marie Schmitt (Lux) Luxembourg    
DNF Laura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi    
DNF Linn Torp (Nor) Norway    
DNF Kirsti Ruud (Nor) Norway    
DNF Elin Steinbö Fylkesnes (Nor) Norway    
DNF Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
DNF Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    
DNF Irina Bezrebraya (Rus) Petrogradets    
DNF Malin Rydlund (Swe) Sweden    
DNF Carolin Gustafsson (Swe) Sweden    
DNF Ina Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC Women    
DNF Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line