Vos wins Postnord Vargarda West Sweden Road Race

Dutch rider attacks last corner to win over Wild, Lepistö

Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) used her power, guile and timing to perfection, jumping around the Team Sunweb lead-out in the final corner to take the victory in the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race. Vos' well-timed effort meant that she had time to celebrate on the line as Wiggle High5's Kirsten Wild beat defending champion Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) in the sprint for second.

After four laps of an eleven-kilometre circuit in and around Vårgårda with the one-kilometre ascent of Hägrungabakken, the peloton went out on a big loop of 53 kilometres that included four gravel sections of between 2.6 and 3.6 kilometres each as well as a number of hills. The final consisted of another four laps of the 11 km circuit before finishing in the centre of Vårgårda.

Nobody had been able to get away on the first four laps. Margarita Victorita Garcia (Movistar Team) attacked solo with 84 km to go and built a gap of up to 45 seconds, but was caught by an elite trio of Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla), and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) on the climb into the second gravel section nine kilometres later. The peloton quickly reeled in this dangerous group.

There were several short-lived attacks on the next 20 kilometres as well as a crash for Elena Pirrone (Astana Women's Team) and Vos who went off the berm and into the ferns but were soon back in the peloton. Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans), Vos, Uttrup Ludwig, Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini), Silvia Persico (Valcar PBM), and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final gravel section with 47 km to go but were caught when the race entered the last four laps of the finishing circuit.

After a quiet first lap, van der Breggen made her move through a corner with 31km to go and was joined by Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM), Alexandra Manly (Mitchelton-Scott), Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini), and eventually Eva Buurman (Trek-Drops). Brand went solo from this group, but they were all caught on the hill.

Numerous counter-attacks over the top and into the descent did not get away but kept the pace high into the penultimate lap. Van der Breggen went on the offensive again, this time with Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb), and they were joined by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla), Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), and Worrack. Van der Breggen attacked one more time with Mackaij on her wheel before dropping the Sunweb rider on Hägrungabakken.

Blaak and Danielle Rowe reeled in the rest of the group, but van der Breggen increased her advantage on the fast descent and went into the final lap with a 15-second gap. Team Sunweb led the chase, Moolman-Pasio did a big turn on the hill, and Rowe closed the gap to van der Breggen in the descent with five kilometres to go.

On the run-in to Vårgårda, everybody was getting ready for the sprint, and Team Sunweb were at the front with 1000 metres to go, leading out Coryn Rivera. From third position, Vos accelerated into the final corner, took the perfect line through the turn and had a small gap on the rest with 300 metres to go. Lotta Lepistö had taken the inside line, but couldn't follow the Dutchwoman who took her third win in the Swedish race. Kirsten Wild just pipped the Finnish champion on the line to take second place.

Anna van der Breggen keeps the lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour ahead of the next round, the Ladies Tour of Norway TTT on 16 August followed by the namesake stage race on 17-19 August.

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Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team3:27:55 
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:02 
3Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo-Bigla  
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
5Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu Cycling  
6Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
7Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBM  
8Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb Women  
9Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
10Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
11Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek-Drops  
12Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
13Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
14Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
15Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team Women  
16Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5  
17Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
18Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu Cycling  
19Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBM  
20Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) Cogeas  
21Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipollini  
22Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
23Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
24Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
25Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
26Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
27Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
28Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope00:00:11 
29Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBM  
30Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo-Bigla  
31Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
32Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women  
33Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
34Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb Women  
35Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
36Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo-Bigla  
37Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam00:00:14 
38Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women00:00:17 
39Rachel Neylan (Aus) Movistar Team Women  
40Danielle Rowe (GBr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
41Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women00:00:21 
42Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
43Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam00:00:28 
44Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  
45Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Trek-Drops00:00:54 
46Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
47Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing00:00:58 
48Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
49Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBM  
50Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar PBM00:01:02 
51Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
52Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
53Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women00:02:52 
54Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5  
55Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
56Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo-Bigla  
57Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
58Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
59Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
60Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City Ljubljana  
61Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix00:04:52 
62Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team00:00:57 
63Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM00:06:49 
64Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo-Bigla  
65Stine Borgli (Nor) Cervelo-Bigla  
66Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
67Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women  
68Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
69Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-Drops  
70Daiva Ragazinskiene (Ltu) Ale Cipollini00:11:13 
71Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale Cipollini  
72Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-Drops  
73Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
74Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City Ljubljana  
75Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale Cipollini  
76Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team Women  
77Ingrid Moe (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
78Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFEmma Norsgaard (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team  
DNFLisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5  
DNFAmy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5  
DNFAnnette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5  
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team  
DNFChrista Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing  
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFIngrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk Sport  
DNFPernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb Women  
DNFJenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women  
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFAnastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City Ljubljana  
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's Team  
DNFKarina Kasenova (Rus) Cogeas  
DNFGulnaz Badykova (Rus) Cogeas  
DNFElizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) Cogeas  
DNFAntri Christoforou (Cyp) Cogeas  
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope  
DNFNicolle Bruderer Cofino (Gua) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFShannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
DNFLucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-Drops  
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Drops  
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFTrine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu Cycling  
DNFSara Olsson (Swe) Sweden  
DNFClara Lundmark (Swe) Sweden  
DNFMatilda Frantzich (Swe) Sweden  
DNFEmelie Persson (Swe) Sweden  
DNFFrida Knutsson (Nor) Norway  
DNFBirgitte Ravndal (Nor) Norwar  
DNFIngvild Brattekleiv (Nor) Norway  
DNFMartine Fon (Nor) Norway  
DNFMarie Flataas (Nor) Norway  

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