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Vos wins seventh UCI Cyclo-cross World Championship title

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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her seventh world title

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her seventh world title
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The Nommay podium: Helen Wyman, Marianne Vos and Eva Lechner

The Nommay podium: Helen Wyman, Marianne Vos and Eva Lechner
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Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands)

Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands)
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Marlène Morel Petitgirard (France)

Marlène Morel Petitgirard (France)
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Ayako Toyooka (Japan)

Ayako Toyooka (Japan)
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Arley Kemmerer (United States Of America)

Arley Kemmerer (United States Of America)
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Crystal Anthony (United States Of America)

Crystal Anthony (United States Of America)
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Vos and Lechner set the pace

Vos and Lechner set the pace
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Ellen Van Loy (Belgium)

Ellen Van Loy (Belgium)
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)
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Nikki Harris (Great Britain) came through to take fifth

Nikki Harris (Great Britain) came through to take fifth
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Meredith Miller (United States Of America)

Meredith Miller (United States Of America)
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Elle Anderson (United States Of America)

Elle Anderson (United States Of America)
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Meredith Miller (United States Of America)

Meredith Miller (United States Of America)
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Nikki Harris (Great Britain) came home in fifth

Nikki Harris (Great Britain) came home in fifth
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Katherine Compton (United States Of America)

Katherine Compton (United States Of America)
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Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America)

Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America)
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Compton battles through the women's field

Compton battles through the women's field
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Sanne Cant (Belgium) was fourth in the worlds road race

Sanne Cant (Belgium) was fourth in the worlds road race
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Helen Wyman (Great Britain) took third

Helen Wyman (Great Britain) took third
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World Champion Marianne Vos

World Champion Marianne Vos
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Lechner, Vos and Wyman with their medals

Lechner, Vos and Wyman with their medals
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Helen Wyman (Great Britain) on the podium

Helen Wyman (Great Britain) on the podium
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Sanne Cant (Belgium) finished fourth

Sanne Cant (Belgium) finished fourth
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Lechner, Vos and Wyman on the podium

Lechner, Vos and Wyman on the podium
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The start of the women's race

The start of the women's race
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was in a league of her own

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was in a league of her own
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Eva Lechner (Italy) couldn't hold onto Vos

Eva Lechner (Italy) couldn't hold onto Vos
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Helen Wyman (Great Britain) finished with a bronze medal

Helen Wyman (Great Britain) finished with a bronze medal
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Katherine Compton (United States Of America) fell to 9th

Katherine Compton (United States Of America) fell to 9th
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her seventh world title

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins her seventh world title
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the world title in Hoogerheide

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the world title in Hoogerheide
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The home crowd was out in force for Marianne Vos, and she did not disappoint

The home crowd was out in force for Marianne Vos, and she did not disappoint
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Winning the World Championships never seems to gets old for Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Winning the World Championships never seems to gets old for Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Silver is as good as a win for Eva Lechner (Italy)

Silver is as good as a win for Eva Lechner (Italy)
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Eva Lechner, Marianne Vos and Helen Wyman made up the Worlds elite women's podium

Eva Lechner, Marianne Vos and Helen Wyman made up the Worlds elite women's podium
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A disappointed Sanne Cant was just out of the medals

A disappointed Sanne Cant was just out of the medals
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Helen Wyman powers away from Belgian Sanne Cant to take bronze

Helen Wyman powers away from Belgian Sanne Cant to take bronze
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Marianne Vos celebrates 'cross world title number seven, with Eva Lechner in silver and Helen Wyman with bronze

Marianne Vos celebrates 'cross world title number seven, with Eva Lechner in silver and Helen Wyman with bronze
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was unbeatable

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was unbeatable
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Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) on her way to sixth

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France) on her way to sixth
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes the win

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes the win
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the world title

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the world title
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) on the podium

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) on the podium
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes to her feet

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) takes to her feet
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) retained her UCI World Cyclo-cross title with an unmistakably unstoppable performance in Hoogerheide on Saturday. The Dutch rider broke clear on the opening lap of the race and was never put under pressure by any of her rivals as she saw off the challenges of Eva Lechner (Italy) and Helen Wyman (Great Britain) who finished second and third, respectively.

Compton came into the race as one of the main favourites having secured the women’s World Cup in January, however a slip of the pedals in the opening sector, coupled with a tangle Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic) saw her drop down towards the back of the field.

Wyman had no such problems as she punched her way to the front and set the pace with Lechner and Vos in quick pursuit.

The British rider made a bobble, and Lechner and Vos pulled out a few seconds lead soon after, as the Belgian duo of Sanne Cant (Belgium) and Ellen Van Loy (Belgium) led the chase. The Italian mountain biker certainly wasn’t letting the defending champion have her own way though as she attempted to break up the rhythm and pace at the front as the pair drew clear.

On the first off-camber sectors Vos’s dominance started to show. She pulled clear of Lechner towards the end of the first lap and with a gap secure it was clear she would not be waiting.

By now Wyman had settled into her own rhythm and, along with Cant, set about chasing down Lechner, but by the end of the first lap Vos had five seconds on Lechner with Wyman and Cant at 19. Compton was a distant 10th at 36 seconds.

While Vos stretched her lead Compton at least began to claw her way back into contention, losing more time to Vos but moving up to fifth before she finally latched onto Wyman and Cant in what looked like the battle for bronze.

The American briefly held bronze as the riders headed into the third lap as Wyman went into the pits. However, with Lechner starting to fade Wyman and Cant sensed and opening on the podium and they dispatched with Compton on the penultimate lap.

The British rider, on the look out for her first Worlds medal at this level, then dropped her Belgian rival.

At the start of the final lap Lechner was 53 seconds behind the rampaging Vos with Wyman and a recovered Cant at 1:09 and Compton at 1:27.

Vos was faultless throughout, even on the final lap the Dutch rider kept the pressure up but Lechner was in trouble, losing second after second to Wyman, who was in turn being chased hard by Cant. The Italian hung on, Wyman too, to complete the podium yet the day belonged to Vos.

Compton finished a distant 9th, almost three minutes behind the new world champion.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:39:25
2Eva Lechner (Italy)0:01:07
3Helen Wyman (Great Britain)0:01:17
4Sanne Cant (Belgium)0:01:20
5Nikki Harris (Great Britain)0:02:33
6Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France)0:02:44
7Loes Sels (Belgium)0:02:47
8Thalita De Jong (Netherlands)0:02:52
9Katherine Compton (United States Of America)0:02:58
10Caroline Mani (France)0:02:59
11Martina Mikulaskova (Czech Republic)0:03:11
12Ellen Van Loy (Belgium)0:03:19
13Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America)0:03:23
14Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)0:03:28
15Elle Anderson (United States Of America)
16Elisabeth Brandau (Germany)0:03:42
17Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)0:03:53
18Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands)0:03:54
19Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy)0:03:55
20Githa Michiels (Belgium)0:04:03
21Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands)0:04:22
22Aida Nuno Palacio (Spain)
23Jessica Lambracht (Germany)0:04:31
24Meredith Miller (United States Of America)
25Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic)0:04:36
26Gabriella Durrin (Great Britain)0:04:47
27Marlène Morel Petitgirard (France)0:04:58
28Francesca Cauz (Italy)0:05:04
29Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Netherlands)0:05:31
30Crystal Anthony (United States Of America)0:05:58
31Asa Maria Erlandsson (Sweden)0:06:01
32Lisa Heckmann (Germany)0:06:07
33Elena Valentini (Italy)0:06:43
34Arley Kemmerer (United States Of America)0:06:53
35Hannah Payton (Great Britain)0:06:56
36Ayako Toyooka (Japan)0:07:03
37Rocio Martin Rodriguez (Spain)0:07:15
38Margriet Helena Kloppenburg (Denmark)0:07:17
39Lisa Jacobs (Australia)
40Emeline Gaultier (France)0:08:49
41Martina Kukulova (Czech Republic)0:10:09
42 (-1 lap)Melissa Anset (Australia)

 

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