Road World Cup 2009
Round 10 (Final)- Wild wins, Vos take overall series win
Rund um die Nurnberger Aldstadt (10 laps, 123km)
Vos (DSB Bank) followed up her 2007 series victory by taking the 2009
World Cup Champion title in Nurnberg on Sunday. The Dutchwoman started the
race as series leader with a slim, 12 point, margin over second placed
Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling). She finished sixth in the race, ahead of
Johansson and secured the overall victory, Johansson was second. Race
honours went to Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team), who also took third
place overall in the World Cup.
race was relatively sedate throughout the ten 12.9 kilometre laps of the
city streets circuit in Germany. There was some last-third activity, with
Equipe Nurnberger and DSB Bank making some attacking moves, but the race
seemed destined to come down to a sprint.
the team title already decided, Cervelo Test Team, the 2009 title winners
decided to target the individual win in the final round. They were trying
for their fifth World Cup victory of the year.
were attacks coming thick and fast in the closing 30 kilometres, it was a
tough job for any of the teams to keep control of the race. As the race
made its way back into the city streets, with the unique technical aspects
which city circuits bring; tram tracks, narrow sections, sharp corners,
first Equipe Nurnberger, then Team Columbia-HTC took to the front to try
to set up their various sprinters. However, with 600 metres to go, German
lead-out specialist, Sarah Duester began to lead out Cervelo Test Team.
Their nominated rider and the eventual race winner, Kirsten Wild admitted
that she thought it was too early, but the die had been cast. The finale
had been unleashed.
charge through the final, narrow bend at just a few hundred metres to go
saw Wild emerging at the front. She never looked troubled coming to the
line and was able to sit up and give a victory salute as she crossed the
finish line. She beat Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto Belisol) by almost a length,
whilst Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Team Columbia-HTC) beat fourth-placed Kirsty
Broun (Australia) a couple of lengths behind the winner. Suzanne de Goede
(Equipe Nurnberger) was fifth.
Vos (DSB Bank) sprinted hard to the line. She knew that to be absolutely
sure of the World Cup series win, she would have to finish in front of
Emma Johansson and she made sure of that by finishing sixth. Johansson
(Red Sun Cycling) was thirteenth, which gave her second place behind Vos.
Despite the race win by Wild and despite starting the day in third place
overall, Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team) could not numerically catch
either of the pair, even with her win.
was the closest fought World Cup competition for several years. The lead
changed hands several times. Both Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) and Emma
Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) professed that they like the jersey and both
were obviously keen to win it as Champion. In the closing rounds of the
competition, they swapped leadership and competed hard to regain the top
spot. It was an exciting series, which exhibited the thrilling and
tactical racing which the women and their teams have displayed throughout
Wild (Cervelo Test Team) spoke after the race and revealed that “It
was a big goal, this World Cup and I’ve been feeling strong in recent weeks.
The team was very strong too today, you never quite know how it will work out,
but I think we all worked really well, they were very strong together.”
The Dutchwoman described the last kilometre, “It was very hard, we
planned to go with 600 metres or 700 metres to go and we went too early. I
thought ‘Oh my god, we’ve gone too early’, but thankfully we made it.”
Had she felt strong in the sprint?
“The last weeks have been good and so you have to try it…. I
tried it, she smiled. “It was not an easy victory but it's always nice to
Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) was naturally pleased to have won “Of course we were trying to hold the jersey. It was hard, it was a fast race and I had to watch Emma [Johansson]. She was in every breakaway, so I had to be in every breakaway too! In the end it was a sprint and I just tried to stay in front. I knew I couldn’t sprint for the win, but I saw it was enough for the jersey, so I was happy with that. I’m pleased to win it.” Vos paid her closest competitor some compliments, “I had some good “battles” with Emma this year for the jersey. It was nice to have such a hard competition for it. It made it interesting, much better for women’s cycling and it raises the value of the jersey I’ve won.”
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