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Vos storms to second successive World title

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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) led almost the entire race today to take the Championship

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) led almost the entire race today to take the Championship
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the 2010 World Championship by 45 seconds

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the 2010 World Championship by 45 seconds
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) claims her third World Cyclo-cross title in Tabor, Czech Republic

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) claims her third World Cyclo-cross title in Tabor, Czech Republic
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) World Champion once more

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) World Champion once more
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Helen Wyman (Great Britian) running the steps on her way to 23rd place

Helen Wyman (Great Britian) running the steps on her way to 23rd place
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The Dutch women lead the field at the start

The Dutch women lead the field at the start
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Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) takes command at the first turn

Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) takes command at the first turn
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The Dutch women got off to a fantastic start

The Dutch women got off to a fantastic start
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) took little time to get to the front

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) took little time to get to the front
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Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) spent the entire race in second place

Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) spent the entire race in second place
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Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) riding in third place

Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) riding in third place
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Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) spend the first couple laps overcoming her second row start

Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) spend the first couple laps overcoming her second row start
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Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) is certainly the crowd favorite today

Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) is certainly the crowd favorite today
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Meredith Miller (USA) rode brilliantly to a 12th place finish

Meredith Miller (USA) rode brilliantly to a 12th place finish
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Young Amy Dombroski (USA) moved up and held 14th place

Young Amy Dombroski (USA) moved up and held 14th place
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Mo Bruno Roy (USA) is very skilled at riding in snowy conditions

Mo Bruno Roy (USA) is very skilled at riding in snowy conditions
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USA Team-mates Meredith Miller (L) and Laura Van Gilder (R)

USA Team-mates Meredith Miller (L) and Laura Van Gilder (R)
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Mo Bruno Roy (USA) at the start of the race

Mo Bruno Roy (USA) at the start of the race
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Dutch riders Daphny Van Den Brand and Marianne Vos leading on the first lap

Dutch riders Daphny Van Den Brand and Marianne Vos leading on the first lap
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Amy Dombroski (USA) rounding a very treacherous corner

Amy Dombroski (USA) rounding a very treacherous corner
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) running the uphill barriers

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) running the uphill barriers
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Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) running the barriers in sixth place

Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) running the barriers in sixth place
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Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) running the barriers behind Kupfernagle

Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) running the barriers behind Kupfernagle
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Katerina Nash (Czech Rebublic) moving up quicly to fourth place

Katerina Nash (Czech Rebublic) moving up quicly to fourth place
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Some of the fans were loyal to more than one country today

Some of the fans were loyal to more than one country today
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) running the steps for the last time

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) running the steps for the last time
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Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) doing everything in her power to catch Vos

Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) doing everything in her power to catch Vos
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Solid gold effort from Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Solid gold effort from Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Marianne Vos accepts the applause for her third World Cyclo-cross Championship win

Marianne Vos accepts the applause for her third World Cyclo-cross Championship win
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World Champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

World Champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Hanka Kupfernagel (2nd, Germany), Marianne Vos (1st, Netherlands) and Daphny Van den Brand (3rd, Netherlands)

Hanka Kupfernagel (2nd, Germany), Marianne Vos (1st, Netherlands) and Daphny Van den Brand (3rd, Netherlands)
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The women's podium: Hanka Kupfernagel (2nd, Germany), Marianne Vos (1st, Netherlands) and Daphny Van den Brand (3rd, Netherlands)

The women's podium: Hanka Kupfernagel (2nd, Germany), Marianne Vos (1st, Netherlands) and Daphny Van den Brand (3rd, Netherlands)
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Marianne Vos on the attack.

Marianne Vos on the attack.
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Lechner was very happy with fifth place.

Lechner was very happy with fifth place.
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The women hit the stairs.

The women hit the stairs.
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Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) finished out the podium.

Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) finished out the podium.
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Eva Lechner (Italy)

Eva Lechner (Italy)
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Eva Lechner (Italy)

Eva Lechner (Italy)
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Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) goes over the barriers.

Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands) goes over the barriers.
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Eva Lechner on the stairs

Eva Lechner on the stairs
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Vos knows how to deliver on World Championship day.

Vos knows how to deliver on World Championship day.
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Vos celebrates her 3rd world title in cyclocross

Vos celebrates her 3rd world title in cyclocross
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Eva Lechner (Italy) put in a strong performance in 5th.

Eva Lechner (Italy) put in a strong performance in 5th.
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Vos flies over the barriers

Vos flies over the barriers
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A fan with the Czech national colors.

A fan with the Czech national colors.
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Vos was powerful on the run.

Vos was powerful on the run.
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Marianne Vos with her well-practiced victory salute

Marianne Vos with her well-practiced victory salute
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Marianne Vos with the traditional "is it gold" test.

Marianne Vos with the traditional "is it gold" test.
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) celebrates her victory

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) celebrates her victory
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The women's podium in Tabor: Hanka Kupfernagel, Marianne Vos, Daphny Van Den Brand

The women's podium in Tabor: Hanka Kupfernagel, Marianne Vos, Daphny Van Den Brand
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Marianne Vos opened up a large gap on her competitors.

Marianne Vos opened up a large gap on her competitors.
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Eva Lechner (Italy) on the barrier section.

Eva Lechner (Italy) on the barrier section.
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Marianne Vos had plenty of time for a victory salute.

Marianne Vos had plenty of time for a victory salute.
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) put in a commanding performance in Tabor.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) put in a commanding performance in Tabor.
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) is world champion for the third time in 'cross.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) is world champion for the third time in 'cross.
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Marianne Vos rode to an emphatic victory in the elite women's race at the 2010 World Cyclo-cross Championships on Sunday in Tabor, Czech Republic. It was the Dutchwoman's second successive victory at the Worlds and the third world title of her short but already phenomenal career.

Five-time World Champion Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) had no answer for her younger rival, but showed her own class to seal the silver medal. Vos' compatriot Daphny Van den Brand ensured there was plenty of orange on the podium, with a third place finish.

"I'm really happy that it worked out once again. A third world championships title is fantastic," said Vos after her win.

Vos charged away from her competitors on the second lap of the race and wouldn't be seen again before the finish. Despite the apparent ease of her victory, Vos admitted afterwards that the overnight return of icy course conditions had made the race a tense affair. "Half the course my gap was increasing, so I thought if I made no mistakes I could win," she said. "But I had to concentrate the whole time, it was very hard in the icy conditions."

Comparing this year's race with her home win in Hoogerheide twelve months prior, Vos admitted that things had felt even better this time around. "There was a big difference with last year. Last year it wasn't that easy but the course was completely different. This one feels even better. I felt very much stronger today; stronger than in 2009."

Hanka Kupfernagel was a satisfied recipient of a World Championship silver medal, which in the context of her injury-affected 2009/2010 season could only be viewed as a success. "The last couple of weeks I've been getting better. Today it was difficult during the first laps," she said. "In the third lap I made some mistakes and lost contact with Marianne, but after the season I've had I'm happy with second place."

Third placed Daphny Van den Brand was initially disappointed not to have come away from the race with a better result, but was relieved to have held off Katerina Nash. "Now I'm glad with the result, but when I crossed the finish I was a bit dissapointed," she said after she collected her bronze medal. "I wasn't good today; Marianne was better."

"I certainly heard that she [Katerina Nash] was on my tail. The Czech's were going crazy," said Van den Brand. "I chose to ride my own race and didn't look back. I had the luck; she crashed three times."

Cold conditions for Compton's return

Sub-zero temperatures greeted the women's field in Tabor along with a light dusting of overnight snow. Amongst the 43 starters was Katie Compton, who took her position in the front row of the grid start. The American had ridden on the rollers an hour before the start and reported no sign of the cramps that had kept her out of competition for the two weeks prior to the race.

As the flag dropped, it was the Dutch combination of Daphny Van den Brand and Marianne Vos that reached the first corner at the head of the race. The French, too, got the best of the start as Cristel Ferrier-Bruneau, Caroline Mani and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot quickly became the names to occupy positions in the top-ten. Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) and Sanne Cant (Belgium) were also visible as two Czech riders came together and held up the second half of the bunch in the first of the tight early corners.

Van den Brand assumed the lead for the first lap as she stretched things out to quickly form a small selection that included herself, Vos, Kupfernagel and Ferrier-Bruneau. The French pair of Mani and Ferrand-Prevot appeared happy to pace off one another several seconds back. The leaders crossed the start/finish in 8:59 for what would be first of a five lap race. Working hard to make up for a less-than-ideal start, local hope Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) followed in seventh place as she worked to get back on terms with the leaders.

Disappointment for Compton as Vos goes in search of title number three

Just after the start of the second lap a dejected Katie Compton could be seen limping away from the course, still plagued by cramp. At the other end of the race spectrum was Vos, who used the second circuit to surge away from Kupfernagel, who moved into a solo chase position. Ferrier-Bruneau, Van den Brand, Mani and Ferrand-Prevot filled the next four spots, with Katerina Nash and Italy's sole entrant Eva Lechner next on course.

With her lead established, Vos clearly looked the most comfortable in the treacherous conditions, while both Ferrier-Bruneau and Nash became victims to patches of ice. Vos continued to extend her lead, with a nearly thirty second advantage established in the space of the third lap. Mani and Ferrand-Prevot began to fade as the first five riders established what would be their final positions. Ferrier-Breuneau also went the way of her compatriots as Vos, Kupfernagel, Van den Brand, Nash and Lechner filled the top five.

While Vos maintained her furious cadence, seemingly dancing on the ice, Kupfernagel appeared to become more comfortable as she pegged the gap to the Dutchwoman at the 30-35 second mark. Nash almost made contact with Van den Brand before a slip saw the gap between the two once again open up. With the final podium order becoming clearer, Nash began to trade fourth and fifth position with Lechner.

Vos' final lap closely resembled her previous three - bar an extra measure of concentration as the final corners approached. Swinging onto the tarmac for the 100 metres dash to the line, a wry smile filled the 22-year-old's face. Arms raised and glasses removed, it was a joyful Marianne Vos that basked in the adulation of a vocal and appreciative crowd. Kupfernagel, too, grinned as she crossed the line 45 seconds later, with Van den Brand the next to appear.

Katerina Nash's game of musical chairs with Lechner had ceased as she came through for fourth. Great Britain's Annie Last had the race of her life to claim an impressive 11th place, while Meredith Miller took 12th, the best placed US rider in the field.

Results
1Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:42:59
2Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany)0:00:45
3Daphny Van Den Brand (Netherlands)0:01:02
4Katerina Nash (Czech Republic)0:01:20
5Eva Lechner (Italy)0:01:41
6Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)0:01:47
7Caroline Mani (France)0:01:53
8Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)0:02:11
9Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands)0:02:28
10Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (France)0:02:31
11Annie Last (Great Britain)0:02:37
12Meredith Miller (United States Of America)0:02:55
13Sabrina Schweizer (Germany)0:03:00
14Amy Dombroski (United States Of America)0:03:16
15Sanne Cant (Belgium)0:03:18
16Linda Van Rijen (Netherlands)0:03:23
17Rocio Gamonal Ferrera (Spain)0:03:30
18Maureen Demaret Guichardot (France)0:03:39
19Nikki Harris (Great Britain)0:03:49
20Elisabeth Brandau (Germany)0:04:02
21Martina Zwick (Germany)0:04:04
22Katrin Leumann (Switzerland)0:04:09
23Helen Wyman (Great Britain)
24Joyce Vanderbeken (Belgium)0:04:27
25Maureen Bruno Roy (United States Of America)0:04:28
26Arenda Grimberg (Netherlands)0:04:37
27Gabriella Day (Great Britain)0:04:51
28Jana Kyptova (Czech Republic)0:05:00
29Sophie De Boer (Netherlands)
30Pavla Havlikova (Czech Republic)0:05:25
31Laura Van Gilder (United States Of America)0:05:53
32Reza Hormes (Netherlands)0:06:10
33Martina Mikulaskova (Czech Republic)0:06:14
34Zuzana Pirzkallova (Czech Republic)0:06:15
35Masami Morita (Japan)0:06:36
36Nikoline Hansen (Denmark)0:07:06
37Marzena Wasiuk (Poland)0:07:16
38Ayako Toyooka (Japan)0:07:28
39Chika Fukumoto (Japan)0:08:57
40Michiko Shimura (Japan)0:09:48
41Vicki Thomas (Canada)0:10:31
42 -1lapEszter Dosa (Hungary)
43Zuzana Vojtasova (Slovakia)
DNFKatherine Compton (United States Of America)

 

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