Perhaps Marianne Vos wasn't as dominant as usual in 2014, but she certainly was more dominant than any other rider in the women's peloton
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of Velo magazine, the annual awards issue.
A look at Marianne Vos’ results from her 2014 campaign can’t be done quickly. Though she didn’t win the world road championship, her results throughout the season were incredibly consistent. In what could be characterized as a slightly off year for the undisputed star of the women’s peloton, she still remained nearly unbeatable at stage races.
Vos won the Women’s Tour overall while taking three stages of the British race. She finished second in Emakumeen Euskal Bira and won three stages there, too. Vos won the women’s Giro d’Italia, along with four stages at the most prestigious women’s stage race on the calendar. It marked her third overall win at the event.
“I’m really happy with this triumph. The success is a team effort. Rabobank-Liv was always in the pink jersey and never let its guard down, winning six stages. Our team’s strength has been serenity and tranquility,” Vos said.
Vos, 27, also finished second at the Ladies’ Tour of Norway and won two stages. Noticing a trend? So is the women’s peloton. It speaks to Vos’ dominance in the sport that we’d even consider this something of an off year. Still, her balance as a stage racer, one-day rider, and pure winner are still unrivaled in the men’s or women’s field. Wherever she goes, she has a target on her back.
“Everybody wants to beat Marianne, so I think it’s quite hard for her,” said newly minted world champ Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, 22, who rides with Vos on the Rabo-Liv professional team and finished second overall at the women’s Giro d’Italia.
Hard for Vos? Sure. But too hard? Probably not.
The multi-talented Vos can win on all surfaces, from track to road to cyclocross, with world titles in all three disciplines, including seven in cyclocross. She also won La Course on the Champs-Élysées in July, and notched 20 wins in 45 days of racing. A down year? For Vos, it could be said. But that’s what makes her, already, the best women’s racer of all time.