Vos wins third World Cup in Dutch 1-2

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."

1Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO3:25:20 
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam  
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team  
4Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team  
5Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
6Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck  
7Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
8Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint  
9Martine Bras (Ned) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
10Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team  
11Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam  
12Linda Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia-HTC Women  
13Mirjam Melchers Van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
14Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO  
15Adrie Visser (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO  
16Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
17Madelene Olsson (Swe) Sweden  
18Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:00:14 
19Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Leontien.Nl0:00:16 
20Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:19 
21Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:00:23 
22Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:01:01 
23Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC Women  
24Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Petrogradets  
25Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
26Karine Gautard-Roussel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
27Iris Slappendal (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
28Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
29Kim Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-HTC Women  
30Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam  
31Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam0:06:21 
32Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) Ukraine0:09:15 
33Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck  
34Ludvine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team  
35Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) Sweden  
36Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine  
37Karin Aune (Swe) Sweden  
38Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team Hitec Products Uck  
39Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team  
40Frøydis Meen Wærsted (Nor) Norway  
41Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team  
42Elena Novikova (Rus) Petrogradets  
43Christine Majerus (Lux) Luxembourg  
44Bianca Purath (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
45Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
46Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC Women  
47Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
48Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) DSB Bank - LTO  
49Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC Women0:10:47 
50Kristine Saastad (Nor) Norway0:11:33 
51Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
52Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Sweden  
53Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint  
54Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine0:13:57 
55Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
56Line Foss (Nor) Team Hitec Products Uck  
57Julia Ilinykh (Rus) Petrogradets  
58Maria Kazaschenko (Rus) Petrogradets  
59Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
60Evgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Ukraine  
61Liesbeth Bakker (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO  
62Cecilie Sæterhöy Johansen (Nor) Norway  
63Elke Gebhardt (Ger) DSB Bank - LTO  
64Agne Bagdonaviciute (Ltu) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
65Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Ukraine  
66Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:14:02 
67Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team  
68Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
69Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
70Latoya Brulée (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team0:14:08 
71Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Luxembourg  
72Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam  
73Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team  
74Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint  
75Marlijn Binnendijk (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
76Karin Thürig (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
77Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  
DNFBettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team  
DNFJennifer Fischer (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFFlorence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
DNFChantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
DNFLucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.Nl  
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Luxembourg  
DNFChristine Kovelter (Lux) Luxembourg  
DNFAnne-Marie Schmitt (Lux) Luxembourg  
DNFLaura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi  
DNFLinn Torp (Nor) Norway  
DNFKirsti Ruud (Nor) Norway  
DNFElin Steinbö Fylkesnes (Nor) Norway  
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
DNFMadeleine Sandig (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung  
DNFIrina Bezrebraya (Rus) Petrogradets  
DNFMalin Rydlund (Swe) Sweden  
DNFCarolin Gustafsson (Swe) Sweden  
DNFIna Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC Women  
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line  


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