UCI Road World Cup 2012
Ronde van Drenthe - Vos wins sprint
Marianne Vos (Stiching Rabo Women) dominated the sprint in her second win in the Dutch World Cup. In a repeat of 2011, fellow countrywoman, Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) was second ahead of Emma Johansson (Hitec)
Moved forward one month to secure the first world cup status, conditions were cold and wet at the start of the 2012 race. As anticipated the peloton stayed pretty much together over the first passage of the Col du VAM (or VAM berg), at 6.2km. Despite a number of attempts to break up the bunch on the narrow roads, the peloton were together until the second set of cobbles at Exloo 50.1km, Like 2011, Judith Arndt (Greenedge AIS) attacked and strung the peloton over 500m.
The attack from Arndt sparked a reaction in the peloton and initially seven riders formed a lead group. Arndt was joined by team mate Loes Gunnewijk, Vos had her team mate Sara Duester, Trixi Worrack (Specialised Lululemon), Lucinda Brand (AA Drink) and Adrie Visser (Skil 1T41). Johansson (Hitrec) chased to close the gap. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo) jumped to join her teammates, Vos and Duester. The leaders only managed to gain a small advantage before a lead group of 31 riders formed from the splintered peloton.
Stiching Rabo and AA Drink had 5 riders, Greenedge AIS had 4, Johansson was joined by team mate Elisa Longo Borghini. Giorgia Bronzini (Diadora Pasta Zara) made the group. There was small representation from the other teams.
The leaders gained a 1 minute 40 second lead by the time they reached the Col du VAM for the second time. Vos led the group over the top ahead of Wild and Lizzie Armitstead (AA Drink). Immediately Chantal Blaak (AA Drink) attacked and managed to quickly gain a 35 second lead.
The chase group was a little disorganised and took some time to catch Blaak. With 26.3km to go, the gap was holding at 35 seconds. By the time Blaak reached the Col du VAM for the third time, the chase group were on her wheel.
Greenedge AIS tried to attack with 3km to go, sending Tiffany Cromwell up the road. This move was quickly covered by Vos. Gunnewijk and Arndt both tried to attack but Armitstead and Brand covered this move. A number of attacked were attempted , in the end however a lead group of twenty riders were together with 500m to go.
AA Drink tried hard to lead out Wild. Vos got boxed in but managed to find a space and at 200m she gave it everything and kicked for the line. No one could catch her and she secured the Dutch World Cup win for a second year.
Marianne Vos (Stichting Rabo Women) could not have been happier with the win. “I am very happy, it is my second race with the new Rabobank team and we have our first world cup win. I am really happy I could make it in the sprint,” said Vos. “We had a lot of new riders this year so it took some time to get to know each other. It was a hard race. Chantal Blaak (AA Drink) did a great job with her solo attack. In the end it was difficult. At 500m I was closed in, but the wind was behind us so it was easier to get out. I kicked at 200m to go and hoped that no one was going to catch me," added Vos
was a dream come true to win the only Dutch World Cup for my new team, “I
knew it was going to be hard to win this again. Especially in a sprint. Last
year I was surprised to win the bunch sprint. This year I had a bit more
confidence and it worked out,” add Vos.
Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) was a little disappointed not to win but pleased with her form so early in the season. “I think I am happy. My preparation was not the best but we did good job with the team to isolate Marianne in the bunch. Chantal Blaak really tried had to break up the race and it worked,” said Wild
Emma Johansson (Hitec Products
Mistral Home) was extremely happy with her 3rd place. "I
am so happy, it is not even 2 months ago that I broke both my collar bones
and already I am on the podium in the first World Cup," said
Johansson. "Everything is working fine. I not in my top condition
and I struggled a bit on the cobbles and had to fight to close the gap but I
am so please to be up there," added Johansson
Emma Johansson (Hitec Products Mistral Home) was extremely happy with her 3rd place. "I am so happy, it is not even 2 months ago that I broke both my collar bones and already I am on the podium in the first World Cup," said Johansson. "Everything is working fine. I not in my top condition and I struggled a bit on the cobbles and had to fight to close the gap but I am so please to be up there," added Johansson
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