Vos wasn't affected by the snow and ice, posting a win and sending a message that she's on form for the upcoming World Championships. Cor Vos photo.

Vos, van der Haar Shine at CX World Cup Finals!

January 20, 2013

Marianne Vos led a strong team effort by Giant riders at Sunday's snowy World Cup final in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. Vos, the defending cyclocross world champion, won the elite women’s race on her Giant TCX Advanced SL ahead of her Rabobank-Liv/Giant teammate Sanne van Paassen, who finished second.  And in the elite men’s race Lars van der Haar had his best result of the season, finishing second, just 7 seconds behind first-time World Cup winner Martin Bina of The Czech Republic.

In the women’s race, Vos and van Paassen stayed close to each other at the front until van Paassen slid out on an icy section leaving Vos to go clear. The Dutch superstar, who also won the Olympic gold medal and road world championship this past summer, surged ahead for a winning margin of just over a minute.

Van Paassen’s strong second-place
earned her second overall in the World Cup series behind overall winner, American Katie Compton. Both Vos and van Paassen end the World Cup season on a high note, with plenty of momentum going into the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, in less than two weeks.

Also looking good heading into the World Championships is van der Haar. In his first season racing at the elite level, the two-time Under-23 world champ has ridden consistently at the front of the field. Sunday marked his best result yet, as he conquered the tough snowy and icy conditions in Hoogerheide on his TCX Advanced SL. The 21-year-old finished the World Cup series fourth overall.

Finally, in the men’s Under-23 race, Rabobank-Giant riders Stan Godrie and Mike Teunissen finished fourth and fifth respectively.