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High five: Vos made history with her fifth World Championship. Cor Vos photo.

Vos Wins Record 5th World CX Title!

29 enero 2012

For the second day in a row, a Giant rider struck gold at the 2012 Cyclocross World Championships. This time it was Marianne Vos of the Rabobank Women’s Team.

Vos put on a masterful display in Koksijde, Belgium, beating fellow Dutch rider Daphny van der Brand by 37 seconds to win a record fifth world title. U.S. National Champion Katie Compton of the Rabobank-Giant team finished fifth.

After a missed pedal at the start, Vos quickly got back into the groove and made her way to the front. She slowly built a gap over the chasers, stretching her lead to over a minute by the start of the last lap.

Compton lost time and positioning when she crashed on the first lap, and was forced to chase back from outside the top-15. While Vos maintained her lead, cleanly negotiating the difficult sand dunes of the Koksijde course on her TCX Advanced SL, Compton was in a fight to move up. The American steadily passed other racers to finish fifth, within a minute of her fellow Giant rider Vos.

The win was a historic one for Vos, whose fifth title surpassed German Hanka Kupfernagel’s four world championships.

In the elite men’s race, Rabobank-Giant rider Bart Aernouts had one of his best rides of the year, finishing an impressive fifth. Aernouts was part of a dominating show of force by the Belgian men, who swept the top seven spots led by the winner Niels Albert.