Vos repeats at Ronde van Drenthe

Wild, Johannson complete podium at season's first World Cup

In only her second road race of the season Dutch champion Marianne Vos (Rabo Women's Team) has won the Ronde van Drenthe, the opening round of the UCI Women's Road World Cup contested on home soil in Hoogeveen. The victory was Vos's second straight at the Ronde van Drenthe as the 24-year-old Dutchwoman outsprinted Kirsten Wild (AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team) and Swedish champion Emma Johansson (Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team) from an 18-rider lead group.

"I'm really pleased with this win, but particularly pleased with the fact that the team worked so well together," said Vos on the team's website. "The communication was excellent and we now seem to be in tune with each other. Iris Slappendel, Roxane Knetemann and Sarah Düster put in a lot of work into the pursuit. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot also closed the last bit to Chantal Blaak and caught up with a number of riders, despite falling. This creates great confidence for the rest of the season."

Vos was part of a group of seven riders in front that formed over the first cobbled surface in the race and which also included her teammate Sarah Düster as well as Kirsten Wild (AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team), Trixi Worrack (Team Specialized - Lululemon), Loes Gunnewijk and Judith Arndt (GreenEdge-AIS) plus Adrie Visser (Skil 1t4i). Eventually this select group grew to approximately 30 riders as the race progressed.

"I had given the order to really push it before the first cobbled surface, so that we would get over the first cobbles without too many issues," said Rabo Women's Team directeur sportif Jeroen Blijlevens. "As a result Vos and Düster were in the leading group that formed. Later on another group joined up and the rest of the team were also with them, except for Liesbet de Vocht who is not completely fit and missed the boat."

Chantal Blaak (AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team) broke away on the penultimate climb of the VAM climb, with features a gradient of 23 percent at its steepest part, but Vos's teammates led the chase to neutralise Blaak's attack by the final ascent of the VAM.

"Before the race the plan was to make an attempt on the final climb of the VAM hill, but the pursuit, in which we received no help from the other teams, had cost us too much energy," said Blijlevens. "Therefore we focused on Marianne's sprint."

In the final kilometres to the finish, various riders attempted to break away from the lead group, but Vos and her teammate Ferrand-Prevot were able to keep the group together.

Vos had only opened her road season two day's prior, but she proved that no matter the terrain or time of year she's always a threat for victory.

"I had to see how it would go for me in the bunch sprint, but it worked out fine." said Vos. "In the sprint I joined Kirsten Wild's train. When she started it I went along with her immediately and rode blind to the finish in the hope that nobody else would get past us."

Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team3:23:01 
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
5Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
6Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
7Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
8Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
9Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS  
10Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
11Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS  
12Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
13Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo0:00:03 
14Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
15Janneke Kanis (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
16Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
17Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
18Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team0:00:14 
20Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
21Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:00:19 
22Alessandra Borchi (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini0:00:43 
23Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top0:01:03 
24Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
25Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team0:02:24 
26Sarah Düster (Ger) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
27Lucy Martin (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
28Amanda Spratt (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
29Evelyn Arys (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
30Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
31Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
32Daniela Gass (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion0:07:54 
33Julia Martisova (Rus) Be Pink  
34Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
35Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
36Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team  
37Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
38Kaat Hannes (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
39Anne Arnouts (Bel) Kleo Ladies Team  
40Amélie Rivat (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
41Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion  
42Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
43Jennifer Wheeler (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
44Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
45Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Faren Honda Team  
46Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
47Edita Janeliunaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
48Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team  
49Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
50Janneke Ensing (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
51Nicole Cooke (GBr) Faren Honda Team  
52Irina Molicheva (Rus) RusVelo  
53Jet Wildeman (Ned) Netherlands National Team  
54Julie Beveridge (Can) Vienne Futuroscope  
55Martina Thomasson (Swe) Team Ibis Cycles  
56Marie Lindberg (Swe) Kleo Ladies Team  
57Nina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
58Francesca Cauz (Ita) Fassa Bortolo - Servetto  
59Ann-Sofie Duyck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Ladies  
60Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team  
61Valentina Scandolara (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
62Giada Borgato (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara  
63Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
64Chloe Hosking (Aus) Team Specialized - Lululemon  
65Samantha Schneider (USA) TIBCO - To The Top  
66Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team  
67Lorena Foresi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox  
68Valentina Carretta (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
69Giuseppina Grassi Herrera (Mex) Faren Honda Team  
70Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam  
71Marta Bastianelli (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini  
72Martina Corazza (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team  
73Robin Farina (USA) USA National Team  
74Alexis Rhodes (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS  
75Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope  
76Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango  
77Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) USA National Team  
78Andrea Dvorak (USA) USA National Team  
79Carmen McNellis Small (USA) USA National Team  
80Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil 1t4i  
World Cup standings after round 1
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team75pts
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team50 
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team35 
4Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara30 
5Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon27 
6Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil 1t4i24 
7Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam21 
8Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini18 
9Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge - AIS15 
10Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team11 
11Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge - AIS10 
12Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope9 
13Romy Kasper (Ger) RusVelo8 
14Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) GreenEdge - AIS7 
15Janneke Kanis (Ned) Skil 1t4i6 
16Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox5 
17Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team4 
18Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - Lululemon3 
19Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Leontien.nl Cycling Team2 
20Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team1 

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