World Track Championships 2008
Vos won her third
World Championship medal from three disciplines. She is the first woman to
have won the Cyclo Cross, Road and now the Points race on the track. Vos
attacked with 58 laps to go and took the 5 points for the sprint before
gaining a lap at 43 to go. She continued to accumulate points take 3 at
the 20 to go sprint and attacked again with 4 to go to secure the final 5
points. It was a display of sheer talent and determination from the 20
year old Vos.
attacks started immediately when the Mexican Belem Guerrero Mendez fired
off the front, she was quickly marked by Kate Bates the defending champion
from 2007 who was making sure no one was going to get away so early. The
next to attack was the 2005, 2006 champion Vera Carrara (ITA); she was
followed by Liz Armistead the young British rider. The bunch quickly
closed them down however. As the first sprint point it was the Spanish
rider Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro who took first,
Bates was on her wheel and took 3 points ahead of the Korean Min Hye Lee
and Pascale Jeuland (FRA).
big move from United States' Rebecca Quinn just after the first sprint
quickly got half a lap, but this was quickly countered by Denmark's Trine
Schmidt and Svetlana Paulikaite of Lithuania who counter attacked and
tried to gain a lap. With 81 laps to go Schmidt quickly dropped the
Lithuanian and continued alone and finally managed to latch on to the back
of the pack to take a lap and twenty valuable points. She also took the 5
points at the next sprint.
continued to try to get on the back on the bunch and at one point was
within 10 metres of the back of the bunch, agonisingly close, but the
front of the bunch accelerated for the next sprint and she couldn't match
its pace. She held on to take the next 5 points but the effort of the
chase was too much and she fell back into the bunch.
next big move came with 65 laps to go, from the Cuban Yoanka Gonzalez
Perez. She was quickly followed by Jarmila Machacova (CZE) and Olga
Slyusareva (RUS). Vos quickly saw the danger and moved up. Gonzalez Perez
took the next sprint ahead of Machacova and Jeuland.
leading riders faded and this gave Vos her opportunity to go out alone
taking first place in the next sprint and a full lap putting her on equal
point with Schmidt. In the bunch, the experienced Carrara saw her
opportunity and attacked without a response from the bunch she gained a
lap putting her in third place over all.
and Olaberria Dorronsoro attacked again with 44 laps remaining and secure
valuable points in the sprint. There were more attacks as the race moved
in to the closing stages, none of which came to anything, but at the
twenty laps to go sprint, Vos took second place and with it a valuable
three points, placing her in the outright lead.
fourteen laps to go, Bates attacked to join a small breakaway group and
went over the top of them after the penultimate sprint. Her move came to
late to impact the race but it did generate panic in the bunch. Vos was
watching Schmidt’s every move to make sure her lead was protected. Wan
Yiu Wong of Hong Kong attacked but Vos recognised this as a good move and
followed Wong, overtaking her with five laps to go and continuing alone to
take the final sprint and win the race in the style of a true champion.
Trine Schmidt held on for second to give the Danes their second
consecutive Silver medal in the event. Carrara held on for Bronze.
Vos (NED) could not believe her luck winning the point’s race.
It was more than luck of course. “This
is so unbelievable” said Vos as she came off the track to hugs
from her team. ”It’s so amazing; I can’t
believe I have done it. After my World Cyclo Cross and Road titles, I
couldn't imagine that I would do it on the tack. But here it happened. I
can't believe it. I felt good," she said. Asked about her
race tactics Voss added, "In
the first few sprints I didn't have enough speed to sprint with the best.
So I had to do it another way. That was to take a lap. This win gives me a
lot of confidence," she said of her chances of repeating this
success in Beijing. "Of course, it won't be until
August but I will do my best to be 100% there."
was overjoyed with her performance “It
was pretty hard our there today but I trained hard and I felt really good
today” said Schmidt. Asked if it was her plan to attack, she
it was my plan to attack and it worked out so well for me” she
won the points’ race in 2005 and 2006; finishing third was not a
disappointment in an Olympic year for Carrara. “I am so happy I have not been
in the best condition this year until the last couple of months. I was
really lucky to have been able to make the lap. The bunch slowed a little
and gave me the opportunity to go” said Carrara.
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