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Even though she was the clear favorite, Vos once again proved too strong, attacking on the final climb for a solo win. Cor Vos photo.

Vos Wins Worlds on Envie Advanced!

28 September 2013

Marianne Vos defended her rainbow stripes with a second straight world road championship victory on Saturday in Florence, Italy. The Dutch superstar attacked on the final climb, powering her Envie Advanced aero road bike to the line and scoring the first world championship for the Liv/giant brand.

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

Vos was aided by her Dutch teammates, including Anna van der Breggen, who made the final group in the final lap of the 140km circuit race in Florence. Though Vos was outnumbered by the Italians, who tried several attacks on the lead up to the decisive Via Salviati, she was able to keep control until that final climb with under 5km to go.

The 26-year-old, who was riding her special Envie Advanced with gold color highlights to celebrate her Olympic road championship last year, immediately opened up a gap and held it to the line. She beat Swedish rider Emma Johansson and Italian Rossella, who took silver and bronze respectively, by 15 seconds.

The victory in the elite women’s road world championship was Vos’s second straight and third overall in her career.