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Marianne Vos powers away to win at World Cup Iowa City

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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing) charges to the front from the line at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) doesn't take long to move into the lead on lap 1 at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Vos leads up Mt Krumpit at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) and Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) chasing a solo Vos on the stairs of the flyover on lap 3 of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Betsema bridges to Vos (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Kata Blanka Vas, Puck Pieterse and Annemarie Worst work to catch the leading duo (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Vas bridges to Vos (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Vas leading the trio on the downhill (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Vos, Betsema and Vas in the lead on lap 5 at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

Betsema and Vos hit the front on lap 6 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

The second last lap and Betsema and Vos are still together (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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Marianne Vos wins Iowa Cyclo-cross World Cup women's elite race 2021

But in the end Marianne Vos wins Iowa Cyclo-cross World Cup women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

A fight for fifth beween Pieterse and Worst at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's elite race 2021

The U23 podium of Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx), Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) and Shirin van Anrooij (Baloise Trek Lions) at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, women's race 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)
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Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) and Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) on the Iowa City UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup women's elite podiu,

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) and Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx) on the Iowa City UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup women's elite podiu, (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) powered up the tough Mt Krumpit climb on the final lap, shaking Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen - Bingoal) to seal victory at the third round of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Kata Blanka Vas (SD Worx), who had earlier slipped back from the leading duo, held on for third while world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) was just off the podium in fourth.

"The intervals came in quick succession, so it was tough," Vos said. "I didn’t let Betsema and Vas come back on purpose to add to the tension. They approached quickly, and I knew it was still far."

After adding another victory to her opening win at Waterloo, Vos took the early lead in the World Cup standings, with a tally of 102 points putting her ten points ahead of Brand.

Vos, however, is now going to be taking a break after having a heavy load at the end of her road season. The seven-time cyclo-cross world champion was on the podium of the Paris-Roubaix just one week before taking to the top step at the opening round of the Cyclo-cross World Cup in Waterloo.

"It was a great experience here in America," said Vos. "We had three beautiful races and the atmosphere was amazing. With these results, I can go home with great satisfaction. I’ll take a short break and then I will build up to the second part of the season."

Betsema – who came second to Brand in the muddy conditions at Fayetteville and took the final step of the podium behind Vos and Brand in Waterloo – is sitting third in the World Cup standings at 85 points. Vas, after stepping up to the podium in Iowa City, slotted into fourth place but is also the lead U23 rider. That is turning into a tight competition with two young riders launching into the season strongly, with Puck Pieterse (Alpecin-Fenix) just one spot and five points back in the overall standings.

The race, which closed out the US World Cup rounds for the year, was quickly broken up as Vos did not hold back in the early stages. She quickly escaped alone, however the chase behind was unrelenting. 

Pieterse, who was one of those among the women’s field bunnyhopping the barriers, and Betsema caught up in the fourth lap of the eight lap race. Then it wasn’t long before Annemarie Worst (777) and the SD Worx rider Vas also worked their way back to the front.

By the time it came to three laps to go both Pieterse and Worst had faded, leaving the trio of Betsema, Vos and Vas to decide the podium spots. After a slip as she lost traction through a corner, Vas watched the top two positions ride away and it became a race for the win between Betsema and Vos.

Not leaving it to the sprint, Vos dug in on the Mt Krumpit climb, getting the gap and holding it to the finish to come over the line ten seconds ahead of Betsema. World Champion Brand had worked her way up the field in the latter stages of the race to finish fourth, but was never in sight of the podium having finished 30 seconds behind Vas. Pieterse was next over the line, winning out in a tight battle to the end with Worst, to make it two fifth places in a row.

The World Cup now shifts back to Belgium, with Zonhoven on Oct 24 and then onto Overijse on Oct 31.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marianne Vos (Ned) 0:53:46
2Denise Betsema (Ned) 0:00:10
3Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) 0:00:36
4Lucinda Brand (Ned) 0:01:08
5Puck Pieterse (Ned) 0:01:11
6Annemarie Worst (Ned)
7Hélène Clauzel (Fra) 0:01:16
8Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned) 0:01:45
9Yara Kastelijn (Ned)
10Eva Lechner (Ita) 0:01:50
11Inge Van Der Heijden (Ned)
12Clara Honsinger (USA)
13Fem Van Empel (Ned) 0:02:00
14Sanne Cant (Bel) 0:02:02
15Silvia Persico (Ita) 0:02:06
16Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) 0:02:14
17Gaia Realini (Ita) 0:02:16
18Caroline Mani (Fra) 0:02:26
19Jolanda Neff (Swi) 0:02:42
20Alicia Franck (Bel) 0:02:57
21Raylyn Nuss (USA) 0:03:27
22Maghalie Rochette (Can) 0:03:36
23Perrine Clauzel (Fra) 0:04:01
24Katerina Nash (Cze) 0:04:32
25Alice Maria Arzuffi (Ita) 0:04:40
26Caitlin Bernstein (USA) 0:04:43
27Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) 0:04:58
28Rebecca Fahringer (USA) 0:05:13
29Manon Bakker (Ned) 0:05:24
30Sunny Gilbert (USA)
31Ellen Van Loy (Bel)
32Erica Zaveta (USA)
33Sidney Mcgill (Can)
34Hannah Arensman (USA)
35Lizzy Gunsalus (USA)
36Austin Killips (USA)
37Anna Megale (USA)
38Nicole Bradbury (Can)
39Marie Schreiber (Lux)
40Lauren Zoerner (USA)
41Emily Werner (USA)
42Ava Holmgren (Can)
43Lucia Bramati (Ita)
44Regina Legge (USA)
45Jinse Peeters (Bel)
46Julie Brouwers (Bel)
47Maria Larkin (Irl)
48Bridget Tooley (USA)
DNFIsabella Holmgren (Can)
DNFSiobhan Kelly (Can)
DNSHarriet Harnden (GBr)

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