Already winner of the Dutch national title earlier this month, Vos made a blistering last lap attack to win just six days before the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Fayetteville.
Hoogerheide is hosting next year’s World Championships and competitors took on a course similar to that in America next weekend.
Reigning world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) had attempted to power away from her rivals on the penultimate lap but Vos and leader Puck Pieterse (Alpecin - Fenix) responded.
As Brand suffered from her previous lap attack Vos made her move to take a clear victory.
Brand, who had already won the World Cup series overall, sprinted past under-23 rider Pieterse to take second, 10 seconds down on Vos.
Vos has combined cyclo-cross racing with her road training this season and she goes into the World Championships having won five out of nine ‘cross starts this winter.
“I’m, of course, very happy to win and I’m very satisfied with the feeling during the race,” said Vos.
“We also know it doesn’t say a lot about next week, of course it’s nice to go with a good shape to America but next week is a new race for everybody.”
Vos launched her winning attack on a short bank section on soft ground, powering away and leaving Pieterse and Brand behind.
“During the race I felt I had some good traction and I knew when I wanted to escape on the final lap there was a chance to go there,” added Vos. “When I had a gap I went full to the finish.”
Asked if Vos was her biggest opponent for next weekend’s world title, Brand answered: “Yes, she showed that today. She is very experienced, she showed again today what great shape she has and she is ready for next week.”
How it unfolded
Brand had already won the World Cup series heading into the finale in Hoogerheide. Here, Brand once again faced Vos, who had beaten her to the Dutch national title on her last outing.
The traditional Hoogerheide round of the cyclo-cross World Cup again challenged riders with a mixture of steep banks, technical features and a steep staircase.
Covid-19 restrictions meant that fans were prevented from attending the Hoogerheide round, which was cancelled last season because of the pandemic.
A road start saw riders head straight uphill with Vos joined at the front by Inge Van der Heijden (777) going into the first wooded section.
Brand found herself back in eighth during the opening turns after becoming swamped during the fast road start.
A large leading group of 11 riders gathered on the opening lap as competitors snaked up and down between the fields with Blanka Kata Vas (Team SD Worx) dictating the pace.
Italian champion Silvia Persico (FAS Airport Services) finished fifth in the previous week’s World Cup at Flamanville and was also closely monitoring the front.
After being narrowly beaten into second at Flamanville under-23 series leader Puck Pieterse (Alpecin - Fenix) was next to force the pace but was closely monitored by Brand, Vos and Van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal).
Reigning world champion Brand was showing her power on the grassy climbs and the leading quartet started to pull away from the chasers.
Coming through the finish Pieterse launched another attack using the slipstream of her rivals but the leaders were quick to respond.
Rivals for next weekend’s World Championships Brand and Vos started trading blows with Pieterse also battling with her older compatriots.
Vas was also in the battle for the podium place and pulled back the leading trio along with Van Empel, to make five leaders with three laps remaining.
As Pieterse set the pace, the World and European Champion Brand looked under pressure, while Vos looked comfortable in second position.
On the road finishing straight, Brand came from the back to the front of the leading group and attacked through the wooded section.
Brand had won in last two races held at Hoogerheide and powered up the climbs, with only Vos able to respond as Pieterse and Van Empel were distanced.
Despite being initially gapped, Pieterse bunny hopped the hurdles to close the slender deficit to the leaders.
At the bell, Pieterse led the leading trio while Van Empel sat seven seconds behind.
Brand was suffering from her efforts on the previous lap and she was distanced as Pieterse forced the pace on the wooded section.
Just as Brand bridged back across to the leaders Vos landed a blistering attack with neither of her rivals able to respond. Brand pulled back up to Pieterse and beat the 20-year-old in the uphill sprint to take second.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Marianne Vos (Ned)||0:52:14|
|2||Lucinda Brand (Ned)||0:00:10|
|3||Puck Pieterse (Ned)||0:00:11|
|4||Fem Van Empel (Ned)||0:00:18|
|5||Kata Blanka Vas (Hun)||0:00:21|
|6||Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned)||0:00:55|
|7||Silvia Persico (Ita)||0:01:27|
|8||Denise Betsema (Ned)|
|9||Eva Lechner (Ita)||0:02:00|
|10||Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned)||0:02:32|
|11||Alicia Franck (Bel)||0:02:54|
|12||Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned)||0:03:03|
|13||Sanne Cant (Bel)|
|14||Hélène Clauzel (Fra)||0:03:04|
|15||Amandine Fouquenet (Fra)||0:03:09|
|16||Yara Kastelijn (Ned)||0:03:10|
|17||Aniek Van Alphen (Ned)||0:03:11|
|18||Manon Bakker (Ned)||0:03:12|
|19||Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel)||0:03:20|
|20||Kristýna Zemanová (Cze)||0:04:21|
|21||Perrine Clauzel (Fra)||0:04:28|
|22||Line Burquier (Fra)||0:04:31|
|23||Marthe Truyen (Bel)||0:04:55|
|24||Laura Verdonschot (Bel)||0:05:05|
|25||Anaïs Morichon (Fra)||0:05:08|
|26||Aida Nuño Palacio (Spa)||0:05:39|
|27||Marie Schreiber (Lux)||0:06:04|
|28||Gaia Realini (Ita)||0:06:08|
|29||Leonie Bentveld (Ned)||0:06:19|
|30||Tereza Kurnická (Svk)||0:06:27|
|31||Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)||0:06:33|
|32||Karen Verhestraeten (Bel)||0:06:49|
|33||Ellen Van Loy (Bel)||0:07:02|
|34||Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel)||0:07:05|
|35||Maud Kaptheijns (Ned)||0:07:06|
|36||Federica Venturelli (Ita)||0:07:27|
|37||Valentina Corvi (Ita)|
|38||Kiona Crabbé (Bel)||0:07:45|
|39||Julie Brouwers (Bel)||0:08:08|
|40||Lucia Bramati (Ita)|
|41||Clea Seidel (Ger)|
|42||Tereza Vaníčková (Cze)|
|43||Taylor Kuyk-White (USA)|
|44||Jacqueline Schneebeli (Swi)|
|45||Eliška Hanáková (Cze)|
|46||Barbora Jeřábková (Cze)|
|47||Lea Bonnafous (Fra)|
|48||Kateřina Hladíková (Cze)|
|49||Vanda Dlasková (Cze)|
|50||Marta Beti Perez (Spa)|
|51||Maria Modenes Garcia De Motiloa (Spa)|
|52||Lauren Molengraaf (Ned)|
|53||Layla Barthels (Lux)|
|54||Maïté Barthels (Lux)|
|55||Jennifer Malik (USA)|
|56||Corey Coogan Cisek (USA)|
|57||Laura Maria Mira Juarez (Spa)|
|DNF||Anna Kay (GBr)|
|DNS||Judith Krahl (Ger)|
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