Marianne Vos, of the Netherlands, waited until the final lap to unleash an attack that no one could match to win her third consecutive (and fourth) Cyclocross World Championships. Behind her, a very disappointed Katie Compton (USA) took second and a very happy Katerina Nash (CZE) was third.
“They’re all great, the last one is always the best in memory so now it’s this one that the greatest, they’re all great.” Vos said about her multiple World Championships.
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The sun was out once again in St Wendel but the temperatures were just slightly colder than the previous day causing the course to stay hard and be fast. German Champion Hanka Kupfernagel went to the front straight from the gun and a selection was quickly made. Joining her were Compton, Nash, Vos and Sanne Van Paassen (NED).
With three laps to go only three, Vos, Compton and Nash remained at the front with Compton setting the pace most of the time. The trio stayed together with the podium set but the question was who would get the rainbow?
In the sixth and final lap, Vos used her tremendous power to just, well power away from her competitors. Compton tried to chase but could not close down the gap. Vos had time to celebrate as she crossed the line beaming with joy while a few seconds later Compton crossed the line with her head down.
Nash was quite happy with her first Worlds medal.
Not a good day for the North Americans. American Sue Butler crashed hard on the second lap and was taken to the hospital and the good news was no serious injury. Meredith Miller was having a good day moving up with the top 10 in her sights when she flatted with two laps to go at the farthest spot from the pit. Ultimately she finished 27th. Amy Dombroski was 26th and in her first Worlds, Kaitie Antonneau was 30th. Canadian Natasha Elliott also lost spots due to a flat on the final lap finishing 31st.
Marianne Vos (Netherlands). “They’re all great, the last one is always the best in memory so now it’s this one that the greatest, they’re all great.”
When did she know that it looked good for the win? “At the point I was in the lead again because I crashed several times, I was happy I could stay on my bike in the last two laps, and then I thought well then I have a chance. In the last lap, I felt good and then I knew that with no mistakes I had a really good chance but of course, it’s a hard course, and the uphill section I saw that I had a gap and I thought I’d just keep on going. I didn’t feel Katerina or Katie were not following but then I saw the gap increasing, that was a good feeling, I just kept the pace to the finish.”
About Hanka’s fast start. “She had a really strong start and I knew she was good and before the start she played the same role as the other favorites, just the plan to stay in the front, to not let them go, that’s the easiest tactic to follow and that’s the best tactic. When I crashed in the first lap, Hanka had already a gap so I knew I had to follow her, to get her wheel because otherwise she would be away.”
Katherine Compton (USA). “I did everything I could today and Marianne was faster at the end. I was happy to win a lot of races but of course the world championship is the one I wanted to win so definitely it’s tough day for me.”
About setting the pace most of the time. “I just wanted to keep the pace up and reduce the pack from 10 to 5 to 3 of us. I just attacked to keep it a faster pace and it effects coming into the technical parts too if you come in slower into the ruts, I think going over faster is better so I played that card, keeping it faster.”
About her start. “I’ve gotten just shit starts all season, it’s kind of my MO (laughs) It’s funny I started and I like ‘again’, so I knew it was a fast race and I knew I was going to be in the front eventually anyways, I saw Hanka up there, and I was ‘okay that will keep it fast’. I think I caught the front group in the first lap so I wasn’t worried necessarily about the start, mostly because I’ve have bad starts every single race except Zolder so I figured I’d catch on. Then I caught on and I wanted to go faster, I’d figured to keep the pace high, I think we reduced it to three or four of us maybe five, I wasn’t looking back I just figured I’ll just go. Kept the pressure on because I didn’t want it to come down to a sprint and then that wasn’t working to get a gap so I tried to relax and recover. And then when Marianne went, she went on the hill and she had a big of a gap and I couldn’t follow. She definitely had better legs today.”
Katerina Nash (Czech Republic). “My race was pretty exciting, I was in good company the whole time, this is my first medal from the world championship so this is quite a good day for me, I’m very excited. I think this is very fast company so I was happy to be there.”
About the course conditions. “I didn’t feel that the course was changing as quickly today as it was for the junior men yesterday. I was surprised that it stayed pretty frozen for most of the race and I didn’t really change my tactics that much because it was a really only a couple of sections to worry about if they had gotten softer, you had to ride them a little different but it was the little sideway uphill, I rode it the same everytime and some times were more successful than the others (laughs). For the most part, it stayed very much the same I thought.”
Top 10 Results
1. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0:40:31
2. Katherine Compton (USA) 0:00:17
3. Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) 0:00:20
4. Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany) 0:00:42
5. Jasmin Achermann (Switzerland) 0:01:10
6. Sanne Van Paassen (Netherlands) 0:01:20
7. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) 0:01:42
8. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)
9. Sanne Cant (Belgium) 0:02:00
10. Sabine Spitz (Germany)
26. Amy Dombroski (USA) 0:04:33
27. Meredith Miller (USA) 0:04:36
30. Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) 0:05:24
31.Natasha Elliott (Canada) 0:05:33
DNF Sue Butler (USA)