Aviva Women's Tour: Vos' determination brings first stage win after two near misses

Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) is well known for her dogged determination and she was finally rewarded for it with victory on Stoke-on-Trent on the fourth stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour. The Dutch woman had to bury herself on the final climb to make it stick, however, and the effort was evident as she hunched over her handlebars by the finish while she struggled to recover.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.