Marianne Vos has close call at Amstel Gold Race after early celebration

BERG NETHERLANDS APRIL 18 Sprint Arrival Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Jumbo Visma Team Celebration Demi Vollering of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Amanda Spratt of Australia and Team BikeExchange Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Pink UCI Womens WorldTour Leader Jersey Margarita Victoria Garcia Caellas of Spain and Team Ale Btc Ljubljana Ashleigh Moolman Pasio of South Africa and Team SD Worx during the 7th Amstel Gold Race 2021 Womens Elite a 1163km race from Valkenburg to Berg en Terblijt Amstelgoldrace amstelgoldrace UCIWWT on April 18 2021 in Berg Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) as Demi Vollering (SD Worx) keeps her head down (Image credit: Getty Images)

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) took her first win at the Amstel Gold Race with a powerful turn of speed, filling a rare gap in her palmares, but a celebration before the line turned what had looked like an unassailable gap in the final sprint into a close call.

It has been a week filled with reminders not to celebrate until over the finish line, with Demi Vollering (SD Worx) missing out on victory at Brabantse Pijl by the slimmest of margins when it came down to a photo finish after she had raised her arm to celebrate early. The 24-year-old Dutch rider from SD Worx clearly learnt a lesson from the mid-week photo finish, coming from well back on Sunday and keeping the acceleration going until she was over the line to take her within a wheel of victory at the Amstel Gold Race. 

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.