Marianne Vos wins first mountain bike race of her career
Marianne Vos (Rabobank) really is a master of all things cycling.
Her resume is certainly impressive and diverse: She’s won Olympic gold medals in track and road cycling, along with world titles in track, road, and cyclocross.
Over the weekend, the Dutch rider competed in — and won — the Cyprus Sunshine Cup stage race, a mountain bike event in Cyprus. It was the first professional mountain bike victory of her career.
“I felt good, I liked the course, so everything was fine,” Vos said in story posted on the race’s Web site. “It’s incredible to take the victory. Now I have enough points to compete in the world cup.”
Vos won Saturday’s second stage and then secured the overall win after taking Sunday’s stage 3. On Sunday, Vos was riding with Blaza Klemencic (Calcit Bike) at the front of the race when the Slovenian got a flat tire. The third-place rider at the time, Katrin Leumann (Ghost Factory Racing), also flatted. That left Vos to ride solo the rest of the way.
Leumann finished second in the stage, 2:10 behind Vos, while Corina Gantenbein (Fischer BMC) was third (3:03 back). In the GC, Vos finished 6:43 ahead of Leumann and 7:48 faster than third-place Adelheid Morath (Sabine Spitz-Haibike).