Vos wins in Essen on return to cyclo-cross

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) at UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bogense
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Marianne Vos (CCC Liv) won her first cyclo-cross race of the 2020 winter season in Essen, going away on the final lap to win alone. 

Vos watched and waited as her rivals lead the race on the muddy but largely flat course in northern Belgium. Yara Kastelijn was expected to fight for victory but was forced out of the race due to a blocked chain mid-race. 

Hungarian national champion Kata Blanka Vas lead early on and going into the final lap but then Vos accelerated to win alone to take her second consecutive victory in Essen. 

After Kata Vas crashed on the last lap, Perrine Clauzel passed her to take second place at six seconds, as did Inge van der Heijden who was third at nine seconds. Kata Vas finished fourth at 17 seconds.

"I had to go deep," Vos admitted in her post-race interview. 

"My race went well. Fortunately I was able to move up straight away at the start. I never really panicked and then rode my own race. A number of my rivals had bad luck, which changed the race situation, but I kept riding my own race.”

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:39:45
2Perrine Clauzel (Fra) A.S. Bike Crossteam 0:00:06
3Inge van der Heijden (Ned) 777 0:00:09
4Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:00:17
5Anna Kay (GBr) Starcasino CX Team 0:00:21
6Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino CX Team 0:00:53
7Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 777 0:00:56
8Aniek van Alphen (Ned) Credishop-Fristads 0:01:02
9Laura Verdonschot (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal 0:01:08
10Alicia Franck (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT 0:01:12
11Clara Honsinger (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld 0:01:20
12Maghalie Rochette (Can) 0:01:24
13Rebecca Fahringer (USA) 0:01:53
14Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Iko-Crelan 0:02:09
15Zina Barhoumi (Swi) 0:02:13
16Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar-Travel & Service
17Kaitlin Keough (USA) 0:02:14
18Anne Tauber (Ned) 0:02:20
19Pauliena Rooijakkers (Ned) CCC-Liv 0:02:32
20Joyce Vanderbeken (Bel) 0:02:35
21Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:02:36
22Ruby West (Can) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT 0:02:55
23Lara Krähemann (Swi) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro 0:03:20
24Madigan Munro (USA) Trek Factory Racing CX
25Loes Sels (Bel) Iko-Crelan 0:03:32
26Camille Devigne (Fra) Ardennes Cross Team 0:03:54
27Sidney Mcgill (Can) 0:04:17
28Kiona Crabbé (Bel) Cyclismo Mundial 0:04:21
29Julie Brouwers (Bel) 0:04:28
30Sara Cueto Vega (Spa) 0:04:29
31Amelie Laquebe (Fra) 0:04:36
32Marine Strappazzon (Fra) Team Podiocom CC 0:04:56
33Jinse Peeters (Bel) Cyclismo Mundial 0:05:09
34Gwennig le Dantec (Fra) 0:05:15
35Fauve Bastiaenssen (Bel)
36Siobhan Kelly (Can) 0:05:31
37Shana Maes (Bel) Tormans Cyclo Cross Team 0:05:47
38Jana Dobbelaere (Bel) 0:05:58
39Tessa Zwaenepoel (Bel) Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Doltcini CT 0:06:11
40Lise van Wunsel (Bel) 0:06:12
41Laura Greenhalgh (GBr) 0:06:55
42Meg de Bruyne (Bel) 0:07:29
43Maïté Barthels (Lux) 0:07:45
44Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) 0:08:25
45Tine Rombouts (Bel)
46Yenthe van Lommel (Bel)
47Michelle Geoghegan (Irl)
48Lina Beirinckx (Bel)

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