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Vos holds off Brand for eighth title at Cyclo-cross World Championships

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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Marianne Vos of Netherlands celebrates at finish line as race winner ahead of Lucinda Brand of Netherlands during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Marianne Vos of Netherlands wins ahead of Lucinda Brand in elite women's race at UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Fayetteville (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Lucinda Brand of Netherlands compete while fans cheer during the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Mens U23 Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Lucinda Brand tries to hold off Marianne Vos in the sprint (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS - JANUARY 29: Gold medalist Marianne Vos of Netherlands celebrates during the medal ceremony after the 73rd UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 - Women's Elite / #Fayetteville2022 / on January 29, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Marianne Vos takes rainbow stripes in the elite women's race for the Netherlands (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Lucinda Brand of Netherlands and Marianne Vos of Netherlands compete while fans cheer 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Marianne Vos and Lucinda Brand battle in the elite women's race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Lucinda Brand of Netherlands and Marianne Vos of Netherlands compete while fans cheer 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Marianne Vos and Lucinda Brand on The 39 Climb (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Lucinda Brand of Netherlands compete while fans cheer 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Lucinda Brand in front of Marianne Vos in elite women's race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 A general view of the peloton competing while fans cheer 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

The 39 Climb on the Fayetteville course under bright sunshine (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Helene Clauzel of France and Perrine Clauzel of France react after the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Helene Clauzel (left) and Perrine Clauzel of France at the end of the elite women's race (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Blanka Vas Kata of Hungary after the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Kata Blanka Vas Kata of Hungary finished 17th (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 Bronze medalist Silvia Persico of Italy poses on the podium during the medal ceremony after the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Italian Silvia Perisco secured the bronze medal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Silver medalist Lucinda Brand of Netherlands gold medalist Marianne Vos of Netherlands and bronze medalist Silvia Persico of Italy pose on the podium during the medal ceremony after the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Elite women's podium with medals (L to R): Silver medalist Lucinda Brand of Netherlands, gold medalist Marianne Vos of Netherlands and bronze medalist Silvia Persico of Italy (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS JANUARY 29 LR Gold medalist Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of Netherlands celebrate after the 73rd UCI CycloCross World Championships Fayetteville 2022 Womens Elite Fayetteville2022 on January 29 2022 in Fayetteville Arkansas Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images

Gold medalist Marianne Vos celebrates victory with Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and members of Dutch team (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Fans cheer on Marianne Vos on her eighth world title in cyclo-cross (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Marianne Vos and Lucinda Brand (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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The big staircase was the main difficulty on the course (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Marianne Vos celebrates her win (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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Fayetteville ARK USA cycling Lucinda Brand Netherlands Team Trek Segafredo Women Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women pictured during the 2022 CycloCross World Championships women elite in Fayetteville Arkansas Silvia Persico Italy Photo SWPicsCor Vos 2022

Lucinda Brand, Marianne Vos and Silvia Persico made up the elite women's podium (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Silvia Persico Italy photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Silvia Persico (Italy) (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Lucinda Brand Netherlands Team Trek Segafredo Women Alvarado Ceylin del Carmen Ned Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

A Dutch trio behind the leaders (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

A familiar place for Marianne Vos (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Alvarado Ceylin del Carmen Ned photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Ceylin Carmen del Alvarado had an excellent race in fourth (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Marianne Vos celebrates her win (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)
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UCI Cyclocross world championships Fayetteville 2022 USA Women lite 29012022 Marianne Vos Netherlands Team Jumbo Visma Women photo Alex WhiteheadSW PixSprintCyclingAgency2022

Marianne Vos (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) inked her name into the history books as the rider who has won the most cyclo-cross world titles, outdueling teammate Lucinda Brand in a highly tactical two-woman battle at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was Vos' eighth elite women’s title, 16 years after her first at the 2006 Worlds in Zeddam and pushes her ahead of Erik De Vlaeminck, who won seven in his career.

Italian Silvia Persico had a career-best ride to secure the bronze, keeping the Dutch from a sweep of the podium when she passed Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, who crashed in the final lap on the dry, fast course.

“It’s incredible. Now I just can’t believe it,” Vos said about her win. “At first leading up to this race you don’t look back that much, it’s just trying to focus on the race itself, and now I just don’t believe it.

"It was such a difficult race. I knew Lucinda was going to be very, very hard to beat and she put on some pressure and I tried some pressure but it’s so difficult to get away and then I knew I had to try and stay calm and try to do the right things in the last lap and then focus on the sprint.

“This year, I had great support from my family, iI have great support from my team. I just tried to do the right things. I am very thankful and grateful to be here and it is incredible to be here on the top step.”

Vos' race could well have turned out quite differently: she almost took a dive into the fencing on the second corner after Alvarado led out the mass of 30 riders from hole shot. But with Dutch teammates all around, Vos would correct her mistake quickly and continue in third place behind Brand and Alvarado, who both took the cyclo-cross elite title in the past two years for the Netherlands, with Inge van der Heijden and Yara Kastelijn rounding out the five top spots.

The three Dutch jerseys of Brand, Alvarado and Vos streaked under a bright blue sky and had a slight gap by the time they made the first descent off the 39 Climb, with Van der Heijden and Kastelijn riding seven seconds back with Maghalie Rochette (Canada) and Persico. The battles ensued for the top two spots between Brand and Vos, and behind a chance for a medal between Alvarado and Persico.

By the second lap on the Fayetteville course, the defending champion Brand cranked up the speed and took a slight advantage over Alvarado and Vos but could not shake Vos, who ran back to her with a strong climb of the stairs.

Alvarado rode seven seconds behind her teammates to begin lap three of seven. In solo fourth place was Perisco, 17 seconds back. Rochette then led a group of more Dutch riders - Kastelijn, Van der Heijden, Manon Bakke and Kata Blanka Vas - and Belgium’s Sanne Cant close by. American favourite Clara Honsinger rode in 12th position, with Hélène Clauzel (France).

The middle laps of the race were all Brand versus Vos, with Alvarado trying to keep a slight view of the duo on long straightaways in the distance as well as eyes on Persico, who was looking to spoil an all-Dutch party. The Italian was able to move across to Alvarado and begin a solid battle for the bronze on the fifth lap. Had Alvarado not had a technical to stop her momentum on the last lap, the duo may have sprinted for the final podium spot.

At the front, the tactical drag race for the lead on the back of the course was first launched by Vos on the penultimate lap, but several moves were matched by Brand. On the bell lap, Brand tried to attack Vos on the long climb. The duo took the final punches to the pavement, which Vos won in the sprint.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0:55:00
2Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) 0:00:01
3Silvia Persico (Italy) 0:00:51
4Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Netherlands) 0:01:04
5Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands) 0:01:05
6Manon Bakker (Netherlands)
7Maghalie Rochette (Canada) 0:01:39
8Hélène Clauzel (France) 0:01:59
9Inge Van Der Heijden (Netherlands)
10Sanne Cant (Belgium) 0:02:12
11Clara Honsinger (United States Of America) 0:02:27
12Elisabeth Brandau (Germany) 0:02:35
13Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) 0:02:41
14Eva Lechner (Italy) 0:02:48
15Raylyn Nuss (United States Of America) 0:02:51
16Perrine Clauzel (France) 0:02:55
17Kata Blanka Vas (Hungary) 0:03:07
18Alicia Franck (Belgium) 0:03:17
19Anaïs Morichon (France) 0:03:38
20Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain) 0:04:01
21Hannah Arensman (United States Of America) 0:04:19
22Caroline Mani (France) 0:05:08
23Ruby West (Canada) 0:05:19
24Sidney Mcgill (Canada) 0:05:26
25Anna Megale (United States Of America) 0:05:41
26Caitlin Bernstein (United States Of America)
27Erica Zaveta (United States Of America) 0:06:45
28Rebecca Fahringer (United States Of America)
29Siobhan Kelly (Canada)
30Maria Larkin (Ireland)

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Jackie Tyson
Jackie Tyson

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).

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