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Assured of winning the women’s World Cup series for a fifth time, Marianne Vos (Rabobank) made it a point of honor to win the eighth and final round of the 2013 edition on Saturday.
The world champion and Olympic champion beat Emma Johannsson (Orica-AIS) and Anna Van der Breggen (Sengers Ladies) in the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, which served up five laps of a 27km circuit in Plouay.
The 26-year-old escaped a break containing Johansson, van der Breggen, Alena Amialiusik (BePink) and Karol-Ann Canuel (Vienne Futuroscope) to take the victory with plenty of time to celebrate.
“It always had to happen in the last lap,” Vos said. “You can never be too confident with strong riders — you don’t beat Emma Johansson that easily and you don’t drop Anna van der Breggen on the climb. So it was quite tough, but I knew I had good legs.”
Her Rabobank squad also took the team competition in the World Cup.