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Vos repeats as women's road race world champion

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2013 elite women's world championship bronze medalist Rossella Ratto (Italy)

2013 elite women's world championship bronze medalist Rossella Ratto (Italy)
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A victory wave from Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

A victory wave from Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Emma Johansson (Sweden) outsprinted Rossella Ratto (Italy) for second

Emma Johansson (Sweden) outsprinted Rossella Ratto (Italy) for second
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A sweet victory for Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

A sweet victory for Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Repeat road race world champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Repeat road race world champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the road race world championship for the second straight year and third time of her career.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the road race world championship for the second straight year and third time of her career.
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the third road world chamionship of her career. Since her first road Worlds in 2006 she's never finished lower than second place.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the third road world chamionship of her career. Since her first road Worlds in 2006 she's never finished lower than second place.
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) finishes alone on the streets of Florence, Italy for the third road world title of her illustrious career.

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) finishes alone on the streets of Florence, Italy for the third road world title of her illustrious career.
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Emma Johansson (Sweden) takes the silver medal ahead of Rossella Ratto (Italy)

Emma Johansson (Sweden) takes the silver medal ahead of Rossella Ratto (Italy)
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Rossella Ratto (Italy) earns the bronze medal at the 2013 elite women's road race world championship

Rossella Ratto (Italy) earns the bronze medal at the 2013 elite women's road race world championship
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19-year-old Rossella Ratto (Italy) on the podium to receive the bronze medal for the elite women's road race world championship

19-year-old Rossella Ratto (Italy) on the podium to receive the bronze medal for the elite women's road race world championship
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Emma Johansson (Sweden) on the podium for her 2nd place result in the road race world championship

Emma Johansson (Sweden) on the podium for her 2nd place result in the road race world championship
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) had a long time to relish her victory on the finishing straight

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) had a long time to relish her victory on the finishing straight
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2013 elite women's world championship silver medalist Emma Johansson (Sweden)

2013 elite women's world championship silver medalist Emma Johansson (Sweden)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) adds another rainbow jersey to her collection, this time at the 2013 road world championships

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) adds another rainbow jersey to her collection, this time at the 2013 road world championships
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Marianne Vos's remarkable road world championship performance streak continues with her third world championship and eighth straight podium finish

Marianne Vos's remarkable road world championship performance streak continues with her third world championship and eighth straight podium finish
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The Italian team rode a strong race culminating with Rossella Ratto (Italy) taking the bronze medal

The Italian team rode a strong race culminating with Rossella Ratto (Italy) taking the bronze medal
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After winning a cyclo-cross world championship in February, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) adds the 2013 road race world title to her palmares

After winning a cyclo-cross world championship in February, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) adds the 2013 road race world title to her palmares
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2013 elite women's road race world championship podium (L-R): Emma Johansson, Marianne Vos and Rossella Ratto

2013 elite women's road race world championship podium (L-R): Emma Johansson, Marianne Vos and Rossella Ratto
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Newly crowned road race world champion Marianne Vos is congratulated by teammate Anna van der Breggen

Newly crowned road race world champion Marianne Vos is congratulated by teammate Anna van der Breggen
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) makes her way to the podium after winning the 2013 road race world championship

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) makes her way to the podium after winning the 2013 road race world championship
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The elite women's peloton in action on the circuit in Florence, Italy

The elite women's peloton in action on the circuit in Florence, Italy
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Plenty of climbing on tap on the city circuit in Florence, Italy at the world championships

Plenty of climbing on tap on the city circuit in Florence, Italy at the world championships
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Australia and Italy on the front of th elite women's peloton

Australia and Italy on the front of th elite women's peloton
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Megan Guarnier (United States of America) rode a strong race in support of teammate Evelyn Stevens

Megan Guarnier (United States of America) rode a strong race in support of teammate Evelyn Stevens
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Mara Abbott (USA) in action at the elite women's road race world championship in Florence, Italy

Mara Abbott (USA) in action at the elite women's road race world championship in Florence, Italy
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Joelle Numainville (Canada) grits her teeth on the taxing Worlds parcours in Florence, Italy

Joelle Numainville (Canada) grits her teeth on the taxing Worlds parcours in Florence, Italy
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Elena Kuchinskaya (Russia) puts everything into the climb

Elena Kuchinskaya (Russia) puts everything into the climb
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) launched a blistering attack on the final climb and soloed to her third road race world championship

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) launched a blistering attack on the final climb and soloed to her third road race world championship
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) en route to a solo victory in the 2013 road race world championship

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) en route to a solo victory in the 2013 road race world championship
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Two-time road race world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) awaits the start of the 2013 road Worlds

Two-time road race world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) awaits the start of the 2013 road Worlds
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The elite women's peloton was reduced greatly in size on the demanding circuit in Florence, Italy

The elite women's peloton was reduced greatly in size on the demanding circuit in Florence, Italy
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was the picture of calm throughout the elite women's road race world championship

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) was the picture of calm throughout the elite women's road race world championship
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Evelyn Stevens (USA) en route to a 5th place finish in the 2013 road race world championship

Evelyn Stevens (USA) en route to a 5th place finish in the 2013 road race world championship
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Double junior world champion Lucy Garner (Great Britain) in her first year as a pro and back at Worlds

Double junior world champion Lucy Garner (Great Britain) in her first year as a pro and back at Worlds
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The bunch reached the circuit and the USA team went to the front for a couple of times up the climb

The bunch reached the circuit and the USA team went to the front for a couple of times up the climb
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A pre-race contender, Mara Abbott (United States)

A pre-race contender, Mara Abbott (United States)
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) reaches for a bidon, it was very warm in Firenze during the race

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) reaches for a bidon, it was very warm in Firenze during the race
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Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium) in the bunch

Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium) in the bunch
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A lone rider from Mongolia, Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal

A lone rider from Mongolia, Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal
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Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) and Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) go head to head on the steep climb

Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) and Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) go head to head on the steep climb
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Previous double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) grimaces but stays in touch on the steep climb

Previous double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) grimaces but stays in touch on the steep climb
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Emma Johansson (Sweden) in the break

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Emma Johansson (Sweden) in the break
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) looked comfortable and in control throughout the race

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) looked comfortable and in control throughout the race
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The hills hurt - Claudia Hausler (Germany) shows her effort

The hills hurt - Claudia Hausler (Germany) shows her effort
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) leads the peloton on the steep climb

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) leads the peloton on the steep climb
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Nearing the finish line of the 2013 road race world championship, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) checks to see if any rivals are closing the gap

Nearing the finish line of the 2013 road race world championship, Marianne Vos (Netherlands) checks to see if any rivals are closing the gap
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Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) on the wheel of Briton Lizzie Armitstead

Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) on the wheel of Briton Lizzie Armitstead
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Emma Johansson (Sweden), world champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Rossella Ratto (Italy)

Emma Johansson (Sweden), world champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Rossella Ratto (Italy)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) on the top step of the podium in Florence, Italy having won the third road race world championship of her career

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) on the top step of the podium in Florence, Italy having won the third road race world championship of her career
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The elite women in action in Florence at the 2013 road race world championships

The elite women in action in Florence at the 2013 road race world championships
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Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini attacks the lead group and is marked by Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)

Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini attacks the lead group and is marked by Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)
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2013 elite women's road race podium (L-R): Emma Johansson (Sweden), Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Rossella Ratto (Italy)

2013 elite women's road race podium (L-R): Emma Johansson (Sweden), Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Rossella Ratto (Italy)
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Rossella Ratto (Italy) won the bronze medal in the elite women's road race

Rossella Ratto (Italy) won the bronze medal in the elite women's road race
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Her rivals lined up to ask questions of her in the finale of the elite women's world championships road race, but Marianne Vos (Netherlands) provided an emphatic answer with a clinical attack the last time up the climb of Via Salviati.

Vos had a lead of just five seconds over Emma Johansson (Sweden) and Rosella Ratto (Italy) when she crested the summit with 3.5 kilometres to go, but that was all she needed to claim her second successive world road race title, and her third in total.

The Dutchwoman showed strength and poise to fend off the pursuers through the streets of Florence, and had time to savour her victory as she crossed the line, while Johansson out-sprinted Ratto for second place 15 seconds later.

"Of course it's great to defend the title. They say always it's hard to win one, but to do it two in a row it's even more difficult," Vos said. "It was especially with such strong competition, the Italians were very strong today, they made it a tough race."

It was perhaps the manner of Vos' single attack, rather than her margin at the top of the final climb, that broke the resistance of the elite group that had formed at the front on the penultimate lap of the demanding Florence circuit.

When Vos took the bell for the final lap, she had just Anna van der Breggen for company in a group that included the Italian trio of Rosella Ratto, Tatiana Guderzo and Elisa Longo Borghini, Emma Johansson (Sweden), Evelyn Stevens (USA), Tiffany Cromwell (Australia), Linda Villumsen (New Zealand), Claudia Hausler (Germany) and Tatiana Antoshina (Russia).

On the long haul up to Fiesole, the penultimate climb on the circuit, Guderzo and Longo Borghini took turns to attack for Italy, while Cromwell and later Stevens put in fierce digs closer to the summit. Seemingly unmoved, Vos simply feathered the pedals in the heart of the group, while her teammate van der Breggen diligently tracked the moves at the front.

Stevens tried again on the steep wall of Via Salviati, before Johansson – who had wisely allowed the Dutch, Americans and Italians dictate affairs for much of the afternoon – finally showed her hand midway up the climb.

Johansson's move shattered the leading group, but it also had the effect of stirring Vos into action. The Dutchwoman edged her way up to Johansson's shoulder and then kicked fiercely as the gradient stiffened. Vos immediately opened a small gap, but such was the purpose behind her move that it already seemed unbridgeable.

Behind, Johansson and Ratto had battled their way clear of the remnants of the leading group, which was now strewn across the hillside. Johansson, in particular, fought to breathe life into the chase, but with Ratto unwilling to contribute to the chase, she was reliant on an error from Vos if she was to have any hope of catching her.

No such error was forthcoming, and Vos even stretched out her advantage as she entered the final kilometre. By that point Johansson was resigned to her fate and, reluctant to tow Ratto to the silver medal, she sat up, all but confirming Vos' second consecutive world title.

While Italy had the greatest strength in numbers in the selection that ultimately decided the destination of the rainbow jersey, the Dutch had the greater strength in depth. Van der Breggen performed her supporting role to perfection – raising and lowering the pace as necessary, and dutifully tracking the vital moves – and she even summoned up the strength to jump clear for fourth place on the day, while Evelyn Stevens took fifth, just ahead of Villumsen, Guderzo and Longo Borghini.

How it unfolded

Low Autumn sunshine and pleasant temperatures greeted the peloton as it rolled out of Montecatini Terme, and the racing was similarly benign on the run-in to the finishing circuit in Florence, with most riders eager to save their legs for the five demanding laps around Fiesole and Via Salviati.

Once on the circuit, the American and Italian teams were conspicuous in controlling affairs at the head of the peloton. Their tempo was gradually dropping riders from the rear of the bunch every time the road went uphill and with three laps to go the leading group had been whittled down to 30 or so riders.

"They started already at beginning of the circuit, but then we knew this was going to be a hard five laps," Vos said of the American forcing. "But it was a really good race from the Dutch team. They gave me the opportunity to keep us as quiet as possible in the bunch until the last lap."

Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) ignited the racing in earnest on the third to last lap when she hurtled after Lucinda Brand (Netherlands) on the descent of Fiesole. Although she was pegged back shortly afterwards, Cromwell was undeterred and remained an aggressive presence every time the road plunged downhill.

On the penultimate lap the climb of Fiesole forced another selection, with Stevens and van der Breggen's pressing shedding a number of riders, including Lizzie Armitstead (Great Britain) and Giorgia Bronzini (Italy), from the leading group. When Ratto followed up on Via Salviati, the leading group was whittled down to just eleven riders as they approached the final lap.

The three Italian riders deliberated on the front as they came through the finish line for the penultimate time, and they duly set about probing Vos as soon as the road climbed towards Fiesole. But as is so often the case, Vos had the final word.

Full Results
1Marianne Vos (Netherlands)3:44:00
2Emma Johansson (Sweden)0:00:15
3Rossella Ratto (Italy)
4Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)0:00:33
5Evelyn Stevens (United States of America)0:00:46
6Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand)0:00:50
7Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)0:00:52
8Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)
9Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)0:01:40
10Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)
11Elena Kuchinskaya (Russian Federation)0:02:41
12Claudia Häusler (Germany)0:03:34
13Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)0:04:20
14Megan Guarnier (United States of America)0:04:41
15Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)0:05:03
16Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)
17Paulina Brzezna (Poland)
18Maja Wloszczowska (Poland)0:05:05
19Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)0:05:28
20Trixi Worrack (Germany)
21Eugenia Bujak (Poland)
22Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa)
23Flavia Oliveira (Brazil)
24Francesca Cauz (Italy)0:05:30
25Carlee Taylor (Australia)
26Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)0:05:35
27Lucinda Brand (Netherlands)0:06:44
28Valentina Scandolara (Italy)0:07:40
29Jolanda Neff (Switzerland)
30Oxana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)
31Shara Gillow (Australia)
32Kristin McGrath (United States of America)
33Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)
34Edwige Pitel (France)
35Doris Schweizer (Switzerland)0:07:46
36Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukraine)0:08:51
37Mara Abbott (United States of America)0:09:40
38Miriam Bjørnsrud (Norway)0:12:09
39Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)
40Eri Yonamine (Japan)
41Susanna Zorzi (Italy)
42Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)
43Anastasiya Chulkova (Russian Federation)0:13:00
44Andrea Dvorak (United States of America)
45Eivgenia Vysotska (Ukraine)
46Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)
DNFNoemi Cantele (Italy)
DNFHanna Solovey (Ukraine)
DNFAudrey Cordon (France)
DNFMadelene Olsson (Sweden)
DNFJoanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)
DNFNatalia Boyarskaya (Russian Federation)
DNFLorena Maria Vargas Villamil (Colombia)
DNFMaaike Polspoel (Belgium)
DNFReta Trotman (New Zealand)
DNFEnkhjargal Tuvshinjargal (Mongolia)
DNFCecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Norway)
DNFPaz Bash (Israel)
DNFUenia Fernandes Da Souza (Brazil)
DNFAude Biannic (France)
DNFAmanda Spratt (Australia)
DNFElise Delzenne (France)
DNFOlivia Dillon (Ireland)
DNFMelanie Späth (Ireland)
DNFIngrid Lorvik (Norway)
DNFJulie Leth (Denmark)
DNFDaiva Tuslaite (Lithuania)
DNFDiana Peñuela (Colombia)
DNFAgne Silinyte (Lithuania)
DNFŠpela Kern (Slovenia)
DNFMalgorzta Jasinska (Poland)
DNFPatricia Schwager (Switzerland)
DNFLex Albrecht (Canada)
DNFRomy Kasper (Germany)
DNFLisa Brennauer (Germany)
DNFLeah Kirchmann (Canada)
DNFAne Santesteban Gonzalez (Spain)
DNFDenise Ramsden (Canada)
DNFPolona Batagelj (Slovenia)
DNFUrsa Pintar (Slovenia)
DNFCarolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mexico)
DNFAmy Cure (Australia)
DNFGracie Elvin (Australia)
DNFChristine Majerus (Luxembourg)
DNFAnnelies Van Doorslaer (Belgium)
DNFSofie De Vuyst (Belgium)
DNFEsther Fennel (Germany)
DNFAndrea Graus (Austria)
DNFMartina Ritter (Austria)
DNFDaniela Pintarelli (Austria)
DNFSara Mustonen (Sweden)
DNFJoelle Numainville (Canada)
DNFAmy Pieters (Netherlands)
DNFMinami Ueno (Japan)
DNFAna Fagua (Colombia)
DNFLilibeth Chacon Garcia (Venezuela)
DNFBelen Lopez Morales (Spain)
DNFVita Heine (Latvia)
DNFKatarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)
DNFSari Saarelainen (Finland)
DNFIngrid Drexel (Mexico)
DNFJessie Daams (Belgium)
DNFKirsten Wild (Netherlands)
DNFKatie Colclough (Great Britain)
DNFNikki Harris (Great Britain)
DNFLoes Gunnewijk (Netherlands)
DNFLelizaveta Oshurkova (Ukraine)
DNFSilvija Latozaite (Lithuania)
DNFIvanna Borovychenko (Ukraine)
DNFKatarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)
DNFLauren Kitchen (Australia)
DNFMartina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)
DNFAna Teresa Casas Bonilla (Mexico)
DNFEdith Guillen (Costa Rica)
DNFDiána Szurominé Pulsfort (Hungary)
DNFNontasin Chanpeng (Thailand)
DNFJutatip Maneephan (Thailand)
DNFAntonela Ferencic (Croatia)
DNFClemilda Fernandes Silva (Brazil)
DNFSupaksorn Nuntana (Thailand)
DNFKathryn Bertine (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
DNFVéronique Fortin (Canada)
DNFKatazina Sosna (Lithuania)
DNFChristel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)
DNFEmilia Fahlin (Sweden)
DNFJessica Kihlbom (Sweden)
DNFCéline Van Severen (Belgium)
DNFSvetlana Stolbova (Russian Federation)
DNFHanna Nilsson (Sweden)
DNFMartina Thomasson (Sweden)
DNFElke Gebhardt (Germany)
DNFKaren Doljak (Paraguay)
DNFCarmen Small (United States of America)
DNFJade Wilcoxson (United States of America)
DNFLucy Garner (Great Britain)
DNFEmily Collins (New Zealand)
DNFTereza Trefná (Czech Republic)
DNFLotta Lepistö (Finland)
DNFSamah Khaled (Jordan)
DNFCindi Magali Dinatale (Argentina)
DNFDragana Kovacevic (Serbia)

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