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Vos carried the Dutch flag for the home crowd in The Netherlands. Cor Vos photo.

Gold Again! Vos Wins Road Worlds!

September 22, 2012

The 2012 dream season continues for Marianne Vos, who on Saturday rode her Giant TCR Advanced SL to victory in the UCI Road World Championships. The 25-year-old, who just last month won Olympic gold, won the world championship on home turf, riding for The Netherlands team and launching her winning move on the famed Cauberg climb.

Vos, who had finished second at five World Championship road races in past years, came into Saturday's 129km circuit race motivated to break through for gold. The leader of the first-year Rabobank Women’s Team has been unstoppable all year long, winning the cyclocross world championship, the road World Cup, the Olympics in London, and now the rainbow jersey.

“This is so amazing,” Vos said after the win. “That last climb of the Cauberg was incredible. I was in so much pain but the crowd was amazing. I wanted to attack so bad, and when that ends up working, it’s really super. London was nice, and I thought it couldn’t get any better, but this does get pretty close.”

The Dutch women’s team rose to the occasion with a smart, powerful display that set Vos up for the win. Her teammate Anna van der Breggen joined an early breakaway of five riders, and Vos bridged up to the leaders with two laps to go. One lap later, Vos made her move on the Cauberg.

“The team did a really good job,” Vos said. “Everything was right today.”

Vos said that even with all her recent accomplishments, she was extremely motivated to win the rainbow jersey in front of her home crowd.

“The last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to take London’s gold out of my mind and just focus on this championship,” she said. “But now I can finally start looking back at those beautiful races.”