Vos wins Postnord Vargarda West Sweden Road Race

Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) used her power, guile and timing to perfection, jumping around the Team Sunweb lead-out in the final corner to take the victory in the PostNord Vårgårda WestSweden Road Race. Vos' well-timed effort meant that she had time to celebrate on the line as Wiggle High5's Kirsten Wild beat defending champion Lotta Lepistö (Cervélo-Bigla) in the sprint for second.

After four laps of an eleven-kilometre circuit in and around Vårgårda with the one-kilometre ascent of Hägrungabakken, the peloton went out on a big loop of 53 kilometres that included four gravel sections of between 2.6 and 3.6 kilometres each as well as a number of hills. The final consisted of another four laps of the 11 km circuit before finishing in the centre of Vårgårda.

Nobody had been able to get away on the first four laps. Margarita Victorita Garcia (Movistar Team) attacked solo with 84 km to go and built a gap of up to 45 seconds, but was caught by an elite trio of Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla), and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) on the climb into the second gravel section nine kilometres later. The peloton quickly reeled in this dangerous group.

There were several short-lived attacks on the next 20 kilometres as well as a crash for Elena Pirrone (Astana Women's Team) and Vos who went off the berm and into the ferns but were soon back in the peloton. Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans), Vos, Uttrup Ludwig, Chloe Hosking (Alé Cipollini), Silvia Persico (Valcar PBM), and Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final gravel section with 47 km to go but were caught when the race entered the last four laps of the finishing circuit.

After a quiet first lap, van der Breggen made her move through a corner with 31km to go and was joined by Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM), Alexandra Manly (Mitchelton-Scott), Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb), Anna Trevisi (Alé Cipollini), and eventually Eva Buurman (Trek-Drops). Brand went solo from this group, but they were all caught on the hill.

Numerous counter-attacks over the top and into the descent did not get away but kept the pace high into the penultimate lap. Van der Breggen went on the offensive again, this time with Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb), and they were joined by Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla), Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans), and Worrack. Van der Breggen attacked one more time with Mackaij on her wheel before dropping the Sunweb rider on Hägrungabakken.

Blaak and Danielle Rowe reeled in the rest of the group, but van der Breggen increased her advantage on the fast descent and went into the final lap with a 15-second gap. Team Sunweb led the chase, Moolman-Pasio did a big turn on the hill, and Rowe closed the gap to van der Breggen in the descent with five kilometres to go.

On the run-in to Vårgårda, everybody was getting ready for the sprint, and Team Sunweb were at the front with 1000 metres to go, leading out Coryn Rivera. From third position, Vos accelerated into the final corner, took the perfect line through the turn and had a small gap on the rest with 300 metres to go. Lotta Lepistö had taken the inside line, but couldn't follow the Dutchwoman who took her third win in the Swedish race. Kirsten Wild just pipped the Finnish champion on the line to take second place.

Anna van der Breggen keeps the lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour ahead of the next round, the Ladies Tour of Norway TTT on 16 August followed by the namesake stage race on 17-19 August.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team3:27:55
2Kirsten Wild (Ned) Wiggle High50:00:02
3Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo-BiglaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Elena Cecchini (Ita) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 3 - Cell 2
5Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Team Virtu CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 6 - Cell 2
8Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb WomenRow 7 - Cell 2
9Letizia Paternoster (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Eugenia Bujak (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Eva Buurman (Ned) Trek-DropsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sarah Roy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lauren Kitchen (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 13 - Cell 2
15Malgorzata Jasinska (Pol) Movistar Team WomenRow 14 - Cell 2
16Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Wiggle High5Row 15 - Cell 2
17Rozanne Slik (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Sara Penton (Swe) Team Virtu CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Elisa Balsamo (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 18 - Cell 2
20Maria Novolodskaya (Rus) CogeasRow 19 - Cell 2
21Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale CipolliniRow 20 - Cell 2
22Lara Vieceli (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Anouska Koster (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Susanne Andersen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 23 - Cell 2
25Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Polona Batagelj (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope00:00:11
29Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervelo-BiglaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 31 - Cell 2
33Riejanne Markus (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Team Sunweb WomenRow 33 - Cell 2
35Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Den) Cervelo-BiglaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam00:00:14
38Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton Scott Women00:00:17
39Rachel Neylan (Aus) Movistar Team WomenRow 38 - Cell 2
40Danielle Rowe (GBr) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women00:00:21
42Soraya Paladin (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 41 - Cell 2
43Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam00:00:28
44Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels Dolmans CyclingteamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Elizabeth Holden (GBr) Trek-Drops00:00:54
46Alison Jackson (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 45 - Cell 2
47Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM Racing00:00:58
48Ingrid Drexel (Mex) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 47 - Cell 2
49Ilaria Sanguineti (Ita) Valcar PBMRow 48 - Cell 2
50Chiara Consonni (Ita) Valcar PBM00:01:02
51Trixi Worrack (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Alicia Gonzalez (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 51 - Cell 2
53Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb Women00:02:52
54Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Wiggle High5Row 53 - Cell 2
55Nina Kessler (Ned) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 54 - Cell 2
56Clara Koppenburg (Ger) Cervelo-BiglaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alexandra Manly (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 57 - Cell 2
59Alice Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Hanna Nilsson (Swe) BTC City LjubljanaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sara Mustonen Lichan (Swe) Experza-Footlogix00:04:52
62Jeanne Korevaar (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling Team00:00:57
63Silvia Persico (Ita) Valcar PBM00:06:49
64Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Cervelo-BiglaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Stine Borgli (Nor) Cervelo-BiglaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 65 - Cell 2
67Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb WomenRow 66 - Cell 2
68Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBr) Trek-DropsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Daiva Ragazinskiene (Ltu) Ale Cipollini00:11:13
71Anna Trevisi (Ita) Ale CipolliniRow 70 - Cell 2
72Hannah Payton (GBr) Trek-DropsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Brodie Chapman (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 72 - Cell 2
74Maaike Boogaard (Ned) BTC City LjubljanaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Ale CipolliniRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lourdes Oyarbide (Spa) Movistar Team WomenRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ingrid Moe (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 76 - Cell 2
78Moniek Tenniglo (Ned) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFEmma Norsgaard (Den) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFLisa Brennauer (Ger) Wiggle High5Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFAmy Cure (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFAnnette Edmondson (Aus) Wiggle High5Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFPaulien Rooijakkers (Ned) Waowdeals Pro Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFChrista Riffel (Ger) Canyon-SRAM RacingRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Solvang (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFThea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFIngrid Lorvik (Nor) Hitec Products-Birk SportRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFPernille Mathiesen (Den) Team Sunweb WomenRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFJenelle Crooks (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFJessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton Scott WomenRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFUrska Pintar (Slo) BTC City LjubljanaRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFAnastasiia Iakovenko (Rus) BTC City LjubljanaRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFMartina Alzini (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFElena Pirrone (Ita) Astana Women's TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFKarina Kasenova (Rus) CogeasRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFGulnaz Badykova (Rus) CogeasRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFElizaveta Oshurkova (Rus) CogeasRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFAntri Christoforou (Cyp) CogeasRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFGreta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFNicolle Bruderer Cofino (Gua) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFShannon Malseed (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFValentina Scandolara (Ita) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFLucy Shaw (GBr) Trek-DropsRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFAbigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-DropsRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Malling Siggaard (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Team Virtu CyclingRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFMieke Kröger (Ger) Team Virtu CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFTrine Schmidt (Den) Team Virtu CyclingRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFSara Olsson (Swe) SwedenRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFClara Lundmark (Swe) SwedenRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFMatilda Frantzich (Swe) SwedenRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFEmelie Persson (Swe) SwedenRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFFrida Knutsson (Nor) NorwayRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFBirgitte Ravndal (Nor) NorwarRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFIngvild Brattekleiv (Nor) NorwayRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFMartine Fon (Nor) NorwayRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Flataas (Nor) NorwayRow 117 - Cell 2

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.

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