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Vos unstoppable in retaining rainbow jersey

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(Netherlands) celebrates a commanding victory in Koksijde

(Netherlands) celebrates a commanding victory in Koksijde
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Katerina Nash (CZE) leading the second chase group on the last lap

Katerina Nash (CZE) leading the second chase group on the last lap
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Nicole Duke (USA)

Nicole Duke (USA)
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Katerina Nash (CZE) rolls across the line in 8th place

Katerina Nash (CZE) rolls across the line in 8th place
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Sophie De Boer (NED) appeared to be pleased with her 7th place finish

Sophie De Boer (NED) appeared to be pleased with her 7th place finish
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Daphne Van Den Brand (NED) nips Cant at the line for 2nd

Daphne Van Den Brand (NED) nips Cant at the line for 2nd
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Sanne Cant (BEL) checks to see where Van Den Brand is on the sprint for 2nd place

Sanne Cant (BEL) checks to see where Van Den Brand is on the sprint for 2nd place
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Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) with one lap to go

Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) with one lap to go
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Nikki Harris (UK) followed by Katerina Nash (CZE)

Nikki Harris (UK) followed by Katerina Nash (CZE)
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Sanne Cant (Belgium) was cheered on by the Belgian crowd

Sanne Cant (Belgium) was cheered on by the Belgian crowd
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Caroline Manni (France) takes down Meredith Miller (USA)

Caroline Manni (France) takes down Meredith Miller (USA)
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Arenda Grimberg (Netherlands) moving up after a mediocre start

Arenda Grimberg (Netherlands) moving up after a mediocre start
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Nicole Duke (USA) was riding well in the sand

Nicole Duke (USA) was riding well in the sand
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Meredith Miller (USA)

Meredith Miller (USA)
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Katie Compton (USA) is one of the pre-race favorites

Katie Compton (USA) is one of the pre-race favorites
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The contenders for second place watch Sanne Cant (Belgium) ride away on the last lap

The contenders for second place watch Sanne Cant (Belgium) ride away on the last lap
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) with less than a lap to go

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) with less than a lap to go
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Nicolel Duke (USA) riding to a top 20 finish at her first world championships

Nicolel Duke (USA) riding to a top 20 finish at her first world championships
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Helen Wyman (UK) has a bit of a tough landing

Helen Wyman (UK) has a bit of a tough landing
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Helen Wyman (UK) flies over her handlebars

Helen Wyman (UK) flies over her handlebars
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Katerina Nash (CZE) chases Sophie De Boer

Katerina Nash (CZE) chases Sophie De Boer
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Vos (Netherlands) rode virtually the whole race alone

Vos (Netherlands) rode virtually the whole race alone
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Pavla Havlikova (CZE) riding to an 11th place finish

Pavla Havlikova (CZE) riding to an 11th place finish
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Cutest dog of the day

Cutest dog of the day
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Sanne Van Paasen (NED) brought some special glasses to psych out the competition

Sanne Van Paasen (NED) brought some special glasses to psych out the competition
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The ladies on the front row were having a laugh

The ladies on the front row were having a laugh
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Helen Wyman (UK) riding in the top ten

Helen Wyman (UK) riding in the top ten
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Katie Compton (USA) trying to recover from a first lap setback

Katie Compton (USA) trying to recover from a first lap setback
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Nikki Harris (UK) having a brilliant race

Nikki Harris (UK) having a brilliant race
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Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) powering her Cannondale through the sand

Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) powering her Cannondale through the sand
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The sprint for second and third

The sprint for second and third
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Italy's Alice Maria Arzuffi

Italy's Alice Maria Arzuffi
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The crowds were so thick that most spectators watched the racing on giant screens

The crowds were so thick that most spectators watched the racing on giant screens
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World Championship jerseys for sale

World Championship jerseys for sale
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The food concessions were doing an amazing business

The food concessions were doing an amazing business
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Marianne Vos fans were well represented

Marianne Vos fans were well represented
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Marianne Vos fan club

Marianne Vos fan club
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Amy Dombroski (USA) during practice

Amy Dombroski (USA) during practice
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Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) gets the hole shot

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) gets the hole shot
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Alice Maria Arzuffi

Alice Maria Arzuffi
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Women’s Start

Women’s Start
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Supporters of each rider congregated before the start

Supporters of each rider congregated before the start
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Women’s Podium (L to R) Daphny Van Den Brand (NED) 2nd, Marianne Vos (NED) 1st, Sanne Cant (BEL) 3rd

Women’s Podium (L to R) Daphny Van Den Brand (NED) 2nd, Marianne Vos (NED) 1st, Sanne Cant (BEL) 3rd
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Amy Dombroski (USA) has spent her season here in Belgium

Amy Dombroski (USA) has spent her season here in Belgium
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One of the many excited fans at the finish line

One of the many excited fans at the finish line
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes another World title

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes another World title
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes another World title

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes another World title
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Gold: Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins again

Gold: Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins again
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The women's podium at the Cyclo-Cross Worlds

The women's podium at the Cyclo-Cross Worlds
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Sanne Cant (Belgium) was happy with bronze

Sanne Cant (Belgium) was happy with bronze
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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The women's podium at the Worlds

The women's podium at the Worlds
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the 2012 Cross Worlds

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the 2012 Cross Worlds
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her fifth cyclocross world championship

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her fifth cyclocross world championship
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was on a different level

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was on a different level
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Marianne Vos out-powered the rest of the field during the cyclo-cross world championships in Koksijde, Belgium. Almost forty seconds later Daphny van den Brand (The Netherlands) won the sprint for second place ahead of local favorite Sanne Cant (Belgium). At 24, Vos overtakes Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) as record holder with five ‘cross world titles.

“It was not my goal to overtake her but five titles is fantastic,” Vos said.

On the technical course Vos clearly struggled to get through the sand stretches but that didn’t keep her from quickly earning a comfortable lead. Vos built up a lead of a minute and plowed her way through the sand to a well-deserved win.

“Technically it wasn’t good today. I wouldn’t deserve getting a dune named after me like the Elite Men’s winner will enjoy. Getting a mud section or a stretch of pavement named after me would be more correct,” Vos said.

Two women missed their start at 11am and they were Vos and Katherine Compton (USA). While Vos quickly recovered Compton didn’t and a little later she was caught up in a crash.

“I missed my first pedal stroke at the start and that raised the adrenaline to the top. If I had the opportunity I would take the initiative and ride my own race. I quickly had a gap but I realized that it would be a long forty minutes,” Vos said.

Unlike Vos the US champion struggled to get in the rhythm on the Koksijde course. After the first lap she rode outside the top-15 at nearly a minute from Vos. “I missed my pedal and couldn’t find it. Then I crashed in the first right hand turn before the pit. From there I got stuck in traffic but I’ve never given up. It’s hard to get back. I kind of saw this coming,” Compton said.

While Vos comfortably led the race ahead of Van den Brand another Dutch rider, Sanne van Paassen, was under pressure from Cant who made progress and brought along Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) and Sophie de Boer (The Netherlands).

Early on in the third lap a group with Compton, Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland) and Nikki Harris (UK) bridged up with Cant, De Boer,
Van Paassen and Nash. Right at the first sand stretches Cant blasted away and in no time Van den Brand was caught. Van Paassen and Compton then bridged up, creating a first chase group at 34 seconds from Vos with Cant, Compton, Van Paassen and Van den Brand. Further back a head-first dive from Helen Wyman (UK) in the sand caused a scare but the British champion continued her race.

During the penultimate lap Vos extended her lead to one minute while behind her Compton struggled to keep up with the three other chasers. Nevertheless none of them wanted to work on the long start-finishing straight and Compton quickly closed down the gap of 10 seconds.

In the final lap Vos made no mistakes and clearly was in delight, emotionally celebrating her fifth world title when she crossed the finish line. In the chase group a battle unfolded in which Cant, Van den Brand and Van Paassen exchanged attacks.

Compton followed at a short distance but never managed to overtake any of the three other women. In the final sections Van Paassen lost ground too but she was enormously happy with her fourth place. “I’ve been struggling with my health for two months and arrived here without competition. Despite that I simply manage to finish fourth and wonder why I was worrying that much. It makes me emotional,” she told Cyclingnews.

In front of her Cant sneaked ahead of Van den Brand and she turned into the finishing straight as leader. Cant didn’t have a sprint left in her legs though and Van den Brand easily captured second place in her last world championships race.

“That grass section ahead of the finish is quite tough so Cant probably had sore legs. I had enough power left and noticed that Sanne didn’t have her hands in the drops. It’s my first silver medal and with such a good Marianne I can’t be disappointed. I started real fast, maybe a little bit too fast because I never felt good,” Van den Brand said.

When crossing the finish line Cant threw her hands in the air, clearly not disappointed with her loss in the sprint. “I still have a hard time to believe this. I felt really well and apparently in the sand I was among the best. To me it didn’t matter what medal I would take. In every category the Belgians expected, except in the Women’s category and then I pull off this,” Cant said.

British rider Harris rode a great race and finished sixth at one minute from Vos. Wyman placed thirteenth.

Further back American riders Nicole Duke and Meredith Miller cracked the top-20, Amy Dombroski (USA) was 23rd while Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) disappointed with her 26th place. “It’s been a long season and it wasn’t good today. I improved my result from last year though so that’s positive,” Antonneau told Cyclingnews.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:41:04
2Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands)0:00:37
3Sanne Cant (Belgium)0:00:38
4Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands)0:00:49
5Katherine Compton (United States Of America)0:00:53
6Nikki Harris (Great Britain)0:01:03
7Sophie De Boer (Netherlands)0:01:05
8Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)0:01:11
9Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland)0:01:12
10Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France)0:01:54
11Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic)0:02:43
12Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands)
13Helen Wyman (Great Britain)0:02:45
14Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)0:02:46
15Linda Van Rijen (Netherlands)0:02:52
16Arenda Grimberg (Netherlands)0:03:01
17Gesa Bruchmann (Germany)0:03:30
18Caroline Mani (France)0:03:36
19Nicole Duke (United States Of America)0:03:40
20Meredith Miller (United States Of America)0:03:54
21Olga Wasiuk (Poland)0:04:52
22Martina Mikulaskova (Czech Republic)0:05:04
23Amy Dombroski (United States Of America)0:05:21
24Joyce Vanderbeken (Belgium)0:05:34
25Kajsa Snihs (Sweden)0:05:39
26Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America)0:05:41
27Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spain)0:05:43
28Sabrina Maurer (Switzerland)0:05:56
29Nikoline Hansen (Denmark)0:06:19
30Asa Erlandsson (Sweden)0:06:34
31Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy)0:06:55
-1lapAyako Toyooka (Japan)
-1lapSakiko Miyauchi (Japan)
-1lapLise-Marie Henzelin (Switzerland)
-2lapsGenevieve Whitson (New Zealand)
-2lapsMadara Furmane (Latvia)

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