Vos wins third World Cup in Dutch 1-2

Marianne Vos took her third World Cup victory of the season in the Open de Suède Vargarda on Sunday. The DSB Bank rider bested Cervelo's Kirsten Wild and hometown favourite Emma Johansson (Red Sun) to claim the sprint victory in Sweden. Johansson's third place was good enough to keep her in the lead of the series by just three points over Vos.

"It was great to win," said Vos. "It was a hard race. In the first few laps you think, 'it's a good circuit, its not so hard' but in the last five or six laps you start to feel the climb and of course, the high speed. But I felt good and I thought that maybe when it comes to a sprint I had a chance."

The racers enjoyed clear skies and pleasant temperatures for the eighth round of the World Cup in Sweden. The relatively flat course and favourable conditions nullified the action in the first half of the race, but as the laps counted down, the Cervelo TestTeam took control of the pace and shredded the field.

By the time the race entered the final lap, the lead group was reduced to just 21 riders..

"I saw that Cervelo were working for the sprint and I had to stay focused because of the attacks on the climb. But then I made it into the sprint," said Vos.

"It was pretty weird in the last kilometre. I was 'sandwiched' and then I nearly bumped onto the curb, and so I had some sprints before the sprint. Then I saw Kirsten [Wild] and I came into the straight on her wheel. That was the best position I could have had. We were side by side and sprinting as hard as we could, and in the last twenty metres I managed to come over her."

The race for the World Cup series lead got closer than ever, and Johansson knew exactly where she had to place in order to keep the World Cup leader's jersey going into the next round at the GP Plouay on August 22. "I knew I had to be third if Marianne won to keep the jersey. Three points, its not much, but I still get to ride in the jersey one more time."

The Swede was up against strong opposition from the Cervelo TestTeam, winners of Friday's Team Time Trial, who rode hard on the front with Kristin Armstrong and Christiane Soeder to split the bunch and set up the sprint for Wild. "I didn't have a super day today. The circuit was hard and there was not so much wind, which I had been hoping for. It was just too hard to ride away.

"I think Cervelo were riding for a sprint [finish] and when they start riding for a sprint you just know its going to happen. I thought maybe a smaller group could go, but then I realised it was going to be a sprint and I think Marianne [Vos] knew too and she started saving herself for a sprint. She was so strong today and Kirsten Wild too."

Wild came 20cm from her first individual World Cup victory, but the team performed well, according to manager Thomas Campana. "We wanted to have the race under control until there were six laps to go, after which we started the action and tried to split the bunch to isolate the strong sprinters from other teams.

"The team was very strong, and they worked incredibly well together to set up a good lead out for Kirsten. Until the last 100m it looked like she could win, but she was beat by a former world champion by 20 cm - we can live with that! There were no mistakes made in this race - the women had a great race today."

"The team did really well," said Wild. "We had control from the beginning and we followed our plan. It worked well; we stayed together until the very end when we tried to set up the sprint, but unfortunately I was second. The team was very, very good. She [Marianne Vos] passed me in the last few meters. I think she was just faster today."

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1Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO3:25:20
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam
3Emma Johansson (Swe) Red Sun Cycling Team
4Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
5Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.Nl
6Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck
7Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
8Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint
9Martine Bras (Ned) Selle Italia Ghezzi
10Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team
11Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervélo TestTeam
12Linda Villumsen (Den) Team Columbia-HTC Women
13Mirjam Melchers Van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint
14Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO
15Adrie Visser (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO
16Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
17Madelene Olsson (Swe) Sweden
18Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint0:00:14
19Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) Leontien.Nl0:00:16
20Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervélo TestTeam0:00:19
21Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung0:00:23
22Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line0:01:01
23Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC Women
24Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Petrogradets
25Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
26Karine Gautard-Roussel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
27Iris Slappendal (Ned) Team Flexpoint
28Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
29Kim Anderson (USA) Team Columbia-HTC Women
30Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervélo TestTeam
31Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervélo TestTeam0:06:21
32Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) Ukraine0:09:15
33Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Team Hitec Products Uck
34Ludvine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
35Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) Sweden
36Olena Sharga (Ukr) Ukraine
37Karin Aune (Swe) Sweden
38Janneke Ensing (Ned) Team Hitec Products Uck
39Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Red Sun Cycling Team
40Frøydis Meen Wærsted (Nor) Norway
41Paulina Brzezna (Pol) Red Sun Cycling Team
42Elena Novikova (Rus) Petrogradets
43Christine Majerus (Lux) Luxembourg
44Bianca Purath (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
45Marie Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
46Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Team Columbia-HTC Women
47Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
48Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) DSB Bank - LTO
49Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team Columbia-HTC Women0:10:47
50Kristine Saastad (Nor) Norway0:11:33
51Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.Nl
52Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Sweden
53Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint
54Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine0:13:57
55Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine
56Line Foss (Nor) Team Hitec Products Uck
57Julia Ilinykh (Rus) Petrogradets
58Maria Kazaschenko (Rus) Petrogradets
59Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
60Evgeniya Vysotska (Ukr) Ukraine
61Liesbeth Bakker (Ned) DSB Bank - LTO
62Cecilie Sæterhöy Johansen (Nor) Norway
63Elke Gebhardt (Ger) DSB Bank - LTO
64Agne Bagdonaviciute (Ltu) Selle Italia Ghezzi
65Svitlana Galyuk (Ukr) Ukraine
66Lorena Foresi (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi0:14:02
67Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Bigla Cycling Team
68Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
69Jennifer Fiori (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
70Latoya Brulée (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team0:14:08
71Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Luxembourg
72Carla Ryan (Aus) Cervélo TestTeam
73Laure Werner (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
74Loes Markerink (Ned) Team Flexpoint
75Marlijn Binnendijk (Ned) Leontien.Nl
76Karin Thürig (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
77Valentina Bastianelli (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line
DNFBettina Kuhn (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
DNFJennifer Fischer (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNFFlorence Girardet (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
DNFChantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.Nl
DNFLucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.Nl
DNFChantal Hoffmann (Lux) Luxembourg
DNFChristine Kovelter (Lux) Luxembourg
DNFAnne-Marie Schmitt (Lux) Luxembourg
DNFLaura Bozzolo (Ita) Selle Italia Ghezzi
DNFLinn Torp (Nor) Norway
DNFKirsti Ruud (Nor) Norway
DNFElin Steinbö Fylkesnes (Nor) Norway
DNFCharlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
DNFMadeleine Sandig (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
DNFIrina Bezrebraya (Rus) Petrogradets
DNFMalin Rydlund (Swe) Sweden
DNFCarolin Gustafsson (Swe) Sweden
DNFIna Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team Columbia-HTC Women
DNFMarta Tagliaferro (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line


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