Marianne Vos sets Worlds marker with Hoogerheide World Cup win

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Marianne Vos wins the Hoogerheide World Cup

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Lucinda Brand leads Marianne Vos to the Hoogerheide World Cup

Lucinda Brand directs Marianne Vos (Image credit: Getty)
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Lucida Brand capped the overall World Cup victory with second place. (Image credit: Getty)
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Marianne Vos has placed a Worlds marker (Image credit: Getty)
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Lucinda Brand wins the sprint for second place ahead of Puck Pieterse (Image credit: Getty)
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The elite women’s World Cup race in Hoogerheide (Image credit: Getty)
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Marianne Vos follows Lucinda Brand to Hoogerheide (Image credit: Getty)
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Silvia Persico (Image credit: Getty)
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Puck Pieterse impressed en route to third place (Image credit: Getty)
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Blanka Kata Vas was one of the first runners

Blanka Kata Vas was one of the first runners (Image credit: Getty)
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Marianne Vos was a clear winner after her show of force on the final lap

Marianne Vos was a clear winner after her show of force on the final lap (Image credit: Getty)
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Marianne Vos wins the Hoogerheide World Cup 2022

Marianne Vos wins the Hoogerheide World Cup 2022 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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HOOGERHEIDE NETHERLANDS JANUARY 23 Lucinda Brand of the Netherlands and the Baloise Trek Lions team celebrate winning the UCI WorldTour Leader jersey during the podium ceremony after the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2022 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on January 23, 2022 in Hoogerheide Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Lucinda Brand wins the 2021-2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup (Image credit: Getty Images)
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HOOGERHEIDE NETHERLANDS JANUARY 23 Lucinda Brand of Netherlands and Team Baloise Trek Lions compete in the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2022 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on January 23, 2022 in Hoogerheide Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

World champion Lucinda Brand finishes second at World Cup in Hoogerheide (Image credit: Getty Images)
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HOOGERHEIDE NETHERLANDS JANUARY 23 Marianne Vos of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma compete in the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2022 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on January 23, 2022 in Hoogerheide Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Marianne Vos on course to win the Hoogerheide World Cup (Image credit: Getty Images)
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HOOGERHEIDE NETHERLANDS JANUARY 23 Puck Pieterse of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix ​​compete in the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2022 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on January 23, 2022 in Hoogerheide Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Puck Pieterse finishes 3rd in the Hoogerheide World Cup (Image credit: Getty Images)
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HOOGERHEIDE NETHERLANDS JANUARY 23 Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix ​​compete in the 32nd GP Adrie Van der Poel Hoogerheide UCI CycloCross Worldcup 2022 Womens Elite CXWorldCup on January 23, 2022 in Hoogerheide Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Pictures

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado 10th in the Hoogerheide World Cup (Image credit: Getty Images)

Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo–Visma) dealt a psychological blow to her rivals as she charged flawlessly to win the final round of the Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Hoogerheide.

Already winner of the Dutch national title earlier this month, Vos launched a blistering attack on the last lap to win just six days before the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Fayetteville.

Hoogerheide is hosting next year’s world championships and the competitors followed a similar course as in America next weekend.

Reigning world champion Lucinda Brand (Baloise Trek Lions) had tried to pull away from her rivals on the penultimate lap, but Vos and leader Puck Pieterse (Alpecin – Fenix) responded.

With Brand suffering from his attack in the previous round, Vos made the decision to pull off a clear win.

Brand, who had already won the World Cup overall, sprinted past Under-23 rider Pieterse to take second place, 10 seconds behind Vos.

Vos has combined cyclo-cross racing with her road training this season and is competing at the World Championships having won five out of nine crossover starts this winter.

“I am, of course, very happy to win and I’m very happy with the feeling during the race,” Vos said.

“We also know that it doesn’t say much about next week, of course it’s good to go to America with good form, but next week is a new race for everyone.

Vos launched his winning attack on a short bank section on soft ground, running away and leaving Pieterse and Brand behind.

“During the race I felt I had good traction and I knew when I wanted to break away on the last lap there was a chance to go for it,” added Vos. “When I had a gap, I went flat out to the finish.”

When asked if Vos was her biggest challenger for next weekend’s world title, Brand replied, “Yeah, she showed it today. She is very experienced, she showed her great form again today and she is ready for next week.

How it went

Brand had already won the World Cup series before the final in Hoogerheide. Here Brand again faced Vos, who had beaten her to the Dutch national title in her last outing.

The traditional Hoogerheide round of the Cyclo-Cross World Cup again challenged riders with a mix of steep banks, technical features and steep stairs.

Covid-19 restrictions prevented fans from attending the Hoogerheide round, which was canceled last season due to the pandemic.

A road start saw the riders climb straight with Vos joined up front by Inge Van der Heijden (777) entering the first wooded section.

Brand found herself eighth through the first corners after being overwhelmed on the fast road start.

A large leading group of 11 riders gathered on the first lap as the competitors snaked between the fields with Blanka Kata Vas (Team SD Worx) dictating the pace.

Italian champion Silvia Persico (FAS Airport Services) finished fifth in the previous week’s World Cup in Flamanville and was also keeping a close eye on the front.

After being narrowly beaten to second place in Flamanville, Under-23 series leader Puck Pieterse (Alpecin – Fenix) was next to force the pace but was closely watched by Brand, Vos and Van Empel (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal).

Reigning world champion Brand showed her power on the grassy climbs and the leading quartet began to pull away from the chasers.

Crossing the finish, Pieterse launched another attack using the wake of her rivals but the leaders were quick to react.

Rivals for next weekend’s world championships, Brand and Vos began trading blows, with Pieterse also battling with his older compatriots.

Vas was also in the battle for the podium and pulled out the top three with Van Empel, to make it five leaders with three laps to go.

As Pieterse set the pace, the World and European champion marque looked under pressure, while Vos looked comfortable in second place.

On the finish straight, Brand came from the back to the front of the lead group and attacked through the wooded section.

Brand had won the last two races held at Hoogerheide and sped up the climbs, with only Vos able to respond as Pieterse and Van Empel were left behind.

Although he was initially ruled out, the bunny Pieterse jumped the hurdles to make up for the slim deficit in the leaders.

At the bell, Pieterse led the leading trio while Van Empel was seven seconds behind.

Brand suffered from her efforts in the previous lap and she was left behind as Pieterse forced the pace on the wooded part.

Just as Brand came back to the leaders, Vos launched a blistering attack without any of her rivals being able to respond. Brand fell back on Pieterse and beat the 20-year-old in the uphill sprint to take second place.

Full results
pos. Rider name (country) Team Results
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) 0:52:14
2 Mark Lucinda (Ned) 0:00:10
3 Puck Pieterse (Ned) 0:00:11
4 Fem Van Empel (Ned) 0:00:18
5 Kata Blanka Vas (Hun) 0:00:21
6 Shirin Van Anrooij (Ned) 0:00:55
seven Silvia Persico (Italy) 0:01:27
8 Denise BetsemaNed
9 Eva Lechner (Italy) 0:02:00
ten Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Ned) 0:02:32
11 Alicia Frank (Bel) 0:02:54
12 Inge Van der Heijden (Ned) 0:03:03
13 Sanne Cant (Bel)
14 Helene Clauzel (Fra) 0:03:04
15 Amandine Fouquenet (fra) 0:03:09
16 Yara KastelijnNed 0:03:10
17 Aniek Van Alphen (Ned) 0:03:11
18 Manon BakkerNed 0:03:12
19 Marion Norbert Riberolle (Bel) 0:03:20
20 Kristyna Zemanova (Cze) 0:04:21
21 Perrine Clauzel (Fra) 0:04:28
22 Line Burquier (fra) 0:04:31
23 Marthe Truyen (Bel) 0:04:55
24 Laura Verdonschot (Bel) 0:05:05
25 Anaïs Morichon (Fra) 0:05:08
26 Aida Nuño Palacio (Spa) 0:05:39
27 Marie Schreiber (Lux) 0:06:04
28 Gaia Realini (Ita) 0:06:08
29 Leonie BentveldNed 0:06:19
30 Tereza Kurnicka (Svk) 0:06:27
31 Elisabeth Brandau (Germany) 0:06:33
32 Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) 0:06:49
33 Ellen Van Loy (Bel) 0:07:02
34 Suzanne Verhoeven (Bel) 0:07:05
35 Maud KaptheijnsNed 0:07:06
36 Federica Venturelli (Italy) 0:07:27
37 Valentina Corvi (Italy)
38 Kiona Crabbé (Bel) 0:07:45
39 Julie Brouwers (Bel) 0:08:08
40 Lucia Bramati (Italy)
41 Clea Seidel (Germany)
42 Tereza Vanickova (Cze)
43 Taylor Kuyk-White (USA)
44 Jacqueline Schneebeli (Switzerland)
45 Eliška Hanakova (Cze)
46 Barbora Jerabkova (Cze)
47 Léa Bonnafous (Fra)
48 Kateřina Hladíková (Cze)
49 Vanda Dlasková (Czech)
50 Marta Beti Perez (Spa)
51 Maria Modenes Garcia De Motiloa (Spa)
52 Lauren MolengraafNed
53 Layla Barthels (Lux)
54 Maïté Barthels (Lux)
55 Jennifer Malik (USA)
56 Corey Coogan Cisek (USA)
57 Laura Maria Mira Juarez (Spa)
DNF Anna Kay (GBr)
DNS Judith Krahl (Germany)

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