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Dutch cycling pro Marianne Vos is Velo magazine’s 2012 Cyclist of the Year. Marianne’s victories during her incredible season – which included winning an Olympic Gold Medal, the World Cyclocross Championship, and the World Road Race Championship – occurred while she was riding Giant bikes.


December 6, 2012

Dutch cycling pro Marianne Vos has been named 2012 Cyclist of the Year by Velo magazine. In the publication’s year-end issue, editors chose Vos over Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins because “…it was ultimately Vos’ dominance across the pro cycling spectrum that put her over the top.”

In 2012, Marianne Vos rode Giant bicycles to countless victories, beginning the year by winning the Dutch National Cyclocross Championship, and then the World Cyclocross Championship, racing the Giant TCX Advanced SL.

Numerous victories followed in ‘cross and World Cup road racing, culminating with her biggest successes of the year on two stages: a Gold Medal in the Olympic Road Race in July, and First Place in the World Road Championships in September. The 25-year old reached both these pinnacles racing the Giant TCR Advanced SL.

She tells Velo: “I like the speed and the tactics of the points race, and I like the explosiveness and the honesty of a cyclocross race, but I also like the suffering and the team tactics in a road race.”

Velo says Vos is, “…a rider so gifted that she is virtually unrivaled in the women’s peloton – and perhaps in the sport of cycling as a whole.”

We are proud and honored that Marianne Vos has achieved her terrific success while riding Giant. Congratulations from all of us at Giant, Marianne!

Read the complete story in Velo magazine’s 25th Annual Awards Issue.