UCI Road World Cup 2012
Round 7 - Iris Slappendel wins, Vos secures 2012 World Cup title
Vårgåda, Sweden 132km
Slappendel (Rabo Women) illuminated the the race in Sweden, with her
constant attacks. The Dutchwoman, who has never won a World Cup road race
before, was delighted with her victory, which was truly deserved after her
constant attacking throughout the 12 lap, 132 kilometre race. For her own
part, Marianne Vos rode a tactically brilliant race and has already sealed
the 2012 World Cup series, despite one round remaining. Coming
into the finishing straight, Kupfernagel put up a brave fight, but
Slappendel led from the front and crossed the line a couple of bike lengths
ahead of the German. Marianne Vos won the small group sprint one minute, ten
Slappendel created the initial break on the third lap. Six riders, including Hanka Kupfernagel (Rusvelo), Trixi Worrak (Specialized lululemon), Emma Johansson (Hitec), Tiffany Cromwell (Oria-AIS), Nina Kssler (Dolmans-Boles) and Isabel Soderberg (AA Drink) went with her. The gap to the bunch rose quickly and, perhaps realising the danger, a lap late on the main climb, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) chased across the gap to join the leaders. She had seen that her next-best competitor in the World Cup standings, Judith Arndt, was missing from the break and decided to go across, perhaps to gain some extra World Cup points if the break stayed away to the end. Evelyn Stevens (Specialized lululemon), Shelly Olds (AA Drink), Linda Villumsen (Orica-AIS) and Amy pieters (Skil-Kogo) went with Vos.
From there, the bunch did not see these riders again.
attacked again and made a solo break with 3 laps to go which split the
leading group. Although she gained 28 seconds and stayed away for about 8
kilometres, she could not hold off a counterattack by Linda Villumsen, which
was covered by Slappendel’s team-mate, Marianne Vos. The leaders then
raced a fast lap, with attack after attack, each of which failed. At last,
with 13 kilometres left in the race, Slappendel attacked again and was
covered only by Kupfernagel. The pair battled out the final lap, with the
pace taken out of the legs of the chasers by the distance already covered,
the repetition of the draining climb and the fact that Marianne Vos had no
reason to chase.
straight, allowed Kupfernagel put up a brave fight and attack early, but
Slappendel led from the 500m to go and crossed the line a couple of bike
lengths ahead of the German. Marianne Vos won the small group sprint one
minute, ten seconds later and with it, took enough points to win the World
Cup 2012 overall.
final round of the World Cup 2012 is the GP de Plouay in Bretagne, France
next week, 24th August.
Slappendel (Rabo Women), was a little stuck for words, ““Nice!
Amazing! I can’t believe it!”, she commented about her win,
adding “When we had 40 seconds. I thought, Ok, they will look to
each other and to Marianne [Vos], maybe I can make it. I felt so good all
Vos (Rabo Women) Olympic Champion and now World Cup winner, said afterwards
that “It was not our main goal to win the World Cup today, we wanted
to go for the win here in Vargarda but of course it is great to already have
the win and to go next week to Plouay with some confidence and with the
Hanka Kupfernaghel (Rusvelo) went with Slappendel at the right moment and although she could not beat her on the line she was very happy, “I gave everything. I feel happy. I hope no one wakes me up, it is like a dream,” said Kupfernaghel.
Jeroen Blijlevens (Directeur Sportif, Rabo Women) was very happy with the victory, “I am very happy, it is not only Marianne who is winning in our team, but also the other riders. If you play the game well, you can win with the other riders. It is a double victory, because Marianne won the World Cup for sure today.”
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