Vos able to smile despite collecting sixth silver medal at World Championships

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
Marianne Vos (Netherlands) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Marianne Vos must have felt a sense of déjà-vu in Leuven as a silver medal was placed around her neck and a rainbow jersey was being zipped up in her periphery. For a rider practically synonymous with victory, her tally of runner-up finishes in elite World Championship road races now stands at a staggering six. 

What’s more, the rainbow bands to her left were once again replacing a maglia azzurra. After Marta Bastianelli in 2007, Tatiana Guderzo in 2009, and Giorgia Bronzini in 2010 and 2011, Elisa Balsamo ensured that Vos has been denied the gold medal by an Italian on five of those six occasions. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.