UCI Road World Championships


Marianne Vos took the elite world champion road title for the second time in her illustrious career.  Vos, crowned Olympic champion just last month in London jumped away from a small breakaway group on the final climb the Cauberg to win by 10 seconds from Rachel Neyland (Australia) and Elisa Longo-Borghini of Italy.


Marianne Vos of the Netherlands is crowned elite world champion on the road with Rachel Neyland (Australia) and Elisa Longo-Borghini of Italy also on the podium


The early part of the race was marked by a massive crash, just after the second ascend of the Cauberg and it seemed to have a disastrous effect on the race. At least fifty riders hit the asphalt, with Dutch time trialist Ellen van Dijk the main casualty. Van Dijk tried to close the gap to the bunch, but gave up after a 32 kilometre pursuit.


There was a barrage of attacks, with the Americans particularly active, but nothing stuck.  That is until the end of lap five when Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands), Amber Neben (USA), Charlotte Becker (Germany), Rossela Ratto (Italy) and Rachel Neyland (Australia) took off and nobody seemed eager to try to bridge the gap.


With two laps to go, the breakaway had a 30 second lead over the peloton, which included race favourite Vos.  However, she did not panic, waiting until the main group was on the Cauberg, she jumped free in a move that no-one could follow.  The only rider to try was Elisa Longo-Borghini (Italy) who could not hold Vos’s wheel, but she also managed to bridge to the leading break.


On the next climb of the Cauberg, Vos attacked the breakaway group.  She did not break away but she certainly hurt her companions and anyone that witnessed the show of power would agree that there was an inevitability about the final result from this moment on.


Commentators were concerned that Vos was working too hard in the break which had over three minutes on the main peloton, but her attack on the final climb of the Cauberg put those fears to rest as she opened up a gap that allowed her to savour the winning moment, even collecting a flag from the crowd before crossing the line with both arms up.


“It’s been an amazing year. Really incredible” Marianne Vos said after the race “It started great with the world championship cyclocross but then I broke my collarbone.  The plan was to get in shape at the Giro d’Italia. Well, that worked: I won. Then the gold at the Olympics, the World Cup overall and now this. We had such a strong team here. I asked the girls to keep the gap at 35 seconds, you can bridge that on the Cauberg. Anna (Van der Breggen) was in front so that was excellent. I knew this break was the correct one, good riders on board. I geared up before the steepest part of the Cauberg and went flat-out. It was pretty hard, especially the last 1,5 kilometres with head-wind. But it sure helps if you’ve been here a hundred thousand times”


The silver medal went to Rachel Neyland, Australia, a young rider who put in a stunning ride  “I wasn’t surprised when Marianne caught up with us” she said “(and then) with two Dutch girls and two Italians my role in the breakaway changed. I was supposed to assist Tiffany Cromwell, with two laps to go, I got the all clear. As for Marianne’s attack, I knew she wouldn’t wait until the finish-line. It’s been a rough season and I was quite surprised and honoured to be selected. So this medal is a shock. It’s my first worlds ever you know.”


Elisa Longo-Borghini took bronze for Italy in her first world championship as an elite-rider “this is a fantastic result” she said “The best woman won today, she’s been the best all year. I was always riding in the front of the group, keeping an eye on Marianne, so I wasn’t involved in the crash. The second attack by Marianne, I could still keep her wheel. I’m not afraid of her, you just have to give everything. The last attack however was way too much. I was worn-out. After the Cauberg I gave everything and this is the result. If you had told me two years ago I wouldn’t have believed you.”



1 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 3:14:29  
2 Rachel Neylan (Australia) 0:00:10  
3 Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) 0:00:18  
4 Amber Neben (United States of America) 0:00:33  
5 Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) 0:00:55  
6 Rossella Ratto (Italy) 0:03:40  
7 Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) 0:04:37  
8 Judith Arndt (Germany)    
9 Emma Johansson (Sweden)    
10 Paulina Brzezna-Bentkowska (Poland)    
11 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)    
12 Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa)    
13 Joelle Numainville (Canada)    
14 Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)    
15 Emma Pooley (Great Britain)    
16 Evelyn Stevens (United States of America)    
17 Jessie Daams (Belgium)    
18 Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)    
19 Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) 0:04:49  
20 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)    
21 Leah Kirchmann (Canada)    
22 Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)    
23 Ceclie Gotaas Johnsen (Norway)    
24 Oxana Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)    
25 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine)    
26 Ivanna Borovichenko (Ukraine)    
27 Larisa Pankova (Russian Federation)    
28 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)    
29 Carmen Small (United States of America)    
30 Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)    
31 Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) 0:04:52  
32 Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation) 0:04:54  
33 Megan Guarnier (United States of America)    
34 Charlotte Becker (Germany)    
35 Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain) 0:04:58  
36 Clemilda Fernandes Silva (Brazil)    
37 Edwige Pitel (France)    
38 Elena Cecchini (Italy)    
39 Sharon Laws (Great Britain)    
40 Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium)    
41 Kelly Druyts (Belgium)    
42 Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)    
43 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Belgium)    
44 Kristin McGrath (United States of America)    
45 Claudia Hausler (Germany)    
46 Aleksandra Burchenkova (Russian Federation)    
47 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) 0:05:03  
48 Lucinda Brand (Netherlands)    
49 Olena Sharga (Ukraine)    
50 Cherise Taylor (South Africa)    
51 Lise Nostvold (Norway)    
52 Malgorzta Jasinska (Poland)    
53 Shara Gillow (Australia)    
54 Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Spain)    
55 Amelie Rivat (France)    
56 Katazina Sosna (Lithuania)    
57 Trixi Worrack (Germany)    
58 Andrea Dvorak (United States of America)    
59 Olivia Dillon (Ireland) 0:05:39  
60 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)    
61 Petra Zrimsek (Slovenia)    
62 Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland)    
63 Edita Janeliunaite (Lithuania)    
64 Francesca Cauz (Italy)    
65 Claudia Veronica Leal Balderas (Mexico)    
66 Nikki Harris (Great Britain)    
67 Veronique Labonte (Canada)    
68 Amanda Spratt (Australia)    
69 Adrie Visser (Netherlands) 0:05:41  
70 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Germany)    
71 Jessie MacLean (Australia) 0:06:04  
72 Gracie Elvin (Australia)    
73 Marta Tagliaferro (Italy)    
74 Noemi Cantele (Italy)    
75 Hanna Nilsson (Sweden)    
76 Evelyn Arys (Belgium)    
77 Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)    
78 Sandrine Bideau (France) 0:06:22  
79 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 0:07:01  
80 Lilibeth Chacon Garcia (Venezuela) 0:08:24  
HD Lex Albrecht (Canada)    
HD Miriam Bjørnsrud (Norway)    
DNF Romy Kasper (Germany)    
DNF Loren Rowney (Australia)    
DNF Siobhan Horgan (Ireland)    
DNF Aleksandra Sosenko (Lithuania)    
DNF Serika Guluma Ortiz (Colombia)    
DNF Doris Schweizer (Switzerland)    
DNF Daniela Pintarelli (Austria)    
DNF Lise Olivier (South Africa)    
DNF Alexandra Chekina (Russian Federation)    
DNF Martina Ritter (Austria)    
DNF Mayuko Hagiwara (Japan)    
DNF Maria Briceno (Venezuela)    
DNF Rimma Luchshenko (Kazakhstan)    
DNF Audrey Cordon (France)    
DNF Sara Mustonen (Sweden)    
DNF Jessica Kihlbom (Sweden)    
DNF Patricia Schwager (Switzerland)    
DNF Sophie Creux (France)    
DNF Joanna Van De Winkel (South Africa)    
DNF Katie Colclough (Great Britain)    
DNF Shelley Olds (United States of America)    
DNF Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)    
DNF Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands)    
DNF Loes Gunnewijk (Netherlands)    
DNF Emily Collins (New Zealand)    
DNF Eugenia Bujak (Poland)    
DNF Olena Pavlukhina (Ukraine)    
DNF Anna Nahirna (Ukraine)    
DNF Semra Yetis (Turkey)    
DNF Rotem Gafinovitz (Israel)    
DNF Mia Radotic (Croatia)    
DNF Mayra Del Rocio Rocha (Mexico)    
DNF Kathryn Bertine (Saint Kitts and Nevis)    
DNF Kaat Hannes (Belgium)    
DNF Robyn De Groot (South Africa)    
DNF An-Li Pretorius (South Africa)    
DNF Sari Saarelainen (Finland)    
DNF Polona Batagelj (Slovenia)    
DNF Roberta Monaldini (San Marino)    
DNF Isabelle Soderberg (Sweden)    
DNF Lenore Pipes (Guam)    
DNF Julia Martisova (Russian Federation)    
DNF Andrea Graus (Austria)    
DNF Yennifer Cesar (Venezuela)    
DNF Emma Crum (New Zealand)    
DNF Kate Chilcott (New Zealand)    
DNF Martina Sablikova (Czech Republic)    
DNF Agne Silinyte (Lithuania)    
DNF Ursa Pintar (Slovenia)    
DNF Pavlina Sulcova (Czech Republic)



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