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Different continent, same result: Vos won the first ’cross worlds to be held in the U.S. in typical dominant fashion. Cor Vos photo.

Unbeatable Vos Wins 6th CX World Title!

February 2, 2013

Over the last year, Rabobank-Liv/giant rider Marianne Vos has accomplished every major goal that she put on her list. With two world titles and an Olympic gold medal, 2012 was a landmark year for the 25-year-old. And now, with a win at Saturday’s Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, Vos has extended her dominance from 2012 into 2013.

Vos lined up in the cold, wet and snowy conditions of Louisville as the heavy favorite to win on her Giant TCX Advanced SL. She already had five cyclocross rainbow jerseys and was aiming for number six.

This was the first time the UCI Cyclocross World Championship event was held in the United States, and despite challenging weather —a rising river and flood conditions forced organizers to condense the two-day schedule into one day—’cross fans turned out in droves in Louisville.

Vos spent the opening lap testing the course conditions, which she said had changed since her training laps. She rode the first lap in a lead group with Lucie Chainel-Lefevre and Christel Ferrier Bruneau of France, Eva Lechner of Italy, and her Dutch teammate Sanne van Paassen.

But Vos didn’t wait long to make her move. On the second lap, she attacked. With the sun starting to melt the icy course, she immediately got a gap and never looked back. While her competitors battled for the podium spots behind, Vos put on a clinic of power and skill at the front. She went on to win by more than a minute and a half.

“A world championship is always very special,” Vos said after her win. “For me, the pressure is going up every year because everyone expects you to win. Of course, if you already won it five times, they think you can win it for the sixth time.”

Behind Vos, her teammate Van Paassen—who also had a great year, finishing second overall in the World Cup—battled for top-five position. In the end, American Katie Compton finished second for silver, Chainel-Lefevre took bronze, and Van Paassen finished fifth.