UCI World Cup 2007
World Cup Round 9
Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt
Reigning World Champion, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) went against the odds and won the 2007 World Cup series on Sunday in Germany. Starting 80 points behind the defending World Cup champion and current leader, Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation), Vos needed to win this, the final race in the series, with Cooke finishing worse than third. Pre-race, it seemed a "big ask", but one unknown factor at the time was the state of Nicole Cooke's health - her knee in particular.
Cooke had led the World Cup since winning the first round in Geelong, Australia in March. Others have won races, including Vos (Fleche Wallone), but Cooke had finished consistently enough in the preceding races that she arrived in Nurnberg with as the only person to have worn the Leader's jersey in 2007.
The big teams kept the race under control throughout the 6 lap, 117 kilometre race. The course, which takes a circuitous route around the historic, walled town of Nurnberg "old town" is flat enough to traditionally provide the excitement of a bunch sprint for the thousands of spectators who flock to watch the final World Cup of the year. There was no exception to the rule in 2007, no breaks got away, the race came down to a bunch sprint.
Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) was out in front, after a lead-out from team-mate Adrie Visser and was chased by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile) and Regina Schleicher (Équipe Nürnberger). The pair were initially blocked as Vos accelerated, forced to chase the Dutchwoman to close the gap. They were close to catching her on the line, the judges used the photo finish pictures to confirm the result. Nicole Cooke finished in the bunch, in 34th place.
Vos took 150 points from her win, Cooke none. The World Cup was sealed - Marianne Vos won the 2007 World Cup with her victory in the final race of the year.
Generous in defeat, Cooke paid tribute to the ride by Vos. It was later revealed that whilst many knew that Cooke has been racing with her knee 'strapped', it is actually in need of surgery. Cooke had lined up in Nurnberg clear in the knowledge that she would be travelling back to the UK for surgery on Monday, but determined not to 'gift' the World Cup title to her Dutch rival.
Marianne Vos reflected: “I knew I stood a chance today because the race here usually finishes with a sprint”,
in fact, the sprint proved crucial “I looked around for Nicole Cooke in the finale and looked again. I couldn’t
see her. It was clear then that I was going to win the World Cup for the team!”
After her win at Fleche Wallone in April, Vos decided to aim for the title in the 2007 series, aware of other targets for 2008 , “I knew that I could not target the World Cup next year because my target is the Olympic Games.” She reflected upon the meaning of her win “This is a beautiful victory for my ‘palmares’ and also a good sign that I am coming in to good form for the World Championships in Stuttgart in two weeks time.”
Defeated Champion, Nicole Cooke was gracious about Vos’ victory: “It was a great world cup series from the
first race of the season and today [Marianne] Vos rode a great race and won the overall.”
Results - Top 10
1 Marianne Vos (DSB Bank)
2 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile)
3 Regina Schleicher (Équipe Nürnberger)
Standings - Top 10
1 Marianne Vos (DSB Bank)
2 Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce Creation)
3 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile)
Photos - Top 10
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