The magnificent Marianne Vos, aboard her fi’zi:k Arione saddle, has won her seventh World Cyclocross Championship in Hoogerheide, Holland.
The 26-year-old Dutch star lined up on Saturday as joint pre-race favourite with US rider Katie Compton, and fully justified that billing by finishing over a minute ahead of Italy’s Eva Lechner in second and Helen Wyman (Great Britain) in third.
Vos now holds both the cyclocross and road world titles, after winning the latter in Florence last September.
Before the race, all the talk centred on Vos versus Compton… but the duel never transpired as first Compton missed her pedal at the start, before becoming embroiled in a tangle later on that left her with too much to do.
Vos’ race couldn’t have been more different. She blasted off the line and, by the end of lap two, had carved a 23sec lead over Lechner. By the final lap that advantage had grown to an unassailable 51secs.
The result completed Vos’ rehabilitation after having a cyst in her back removed late last year. After the race, Vos’ simple tweet summed up her amazing achievement: ‘Wow, just WOW!’
There was more success for fi’zi:k in the men’s U23 race as Belgian rider Wout van Aert, who rides for Telenet-Fidea – powered by fi’zi:k shoes – beat compatriot Michael Vanthourenhout by 50secs to lift the title.
In the men’s race, Zdenek Stybar won his third world crown. Van Aert’s teammate, Tom Meeusen, racing for Belgium, grabbed fifth with Netherlands’ Lars van der Haar, using a fi’zi:k saddle, in sixth.