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Vos sprints to silver at world championships

Vos sprints to silver at world championships

Marianne Vos has finished second at the World Championships on the road. Italy’s Elisa Balsamo defeated the rider of Team Jumbo-Visma in the sprint.

After a long, quiet start, the race opened up with about sixty kilometres to go. Many attacks followed, but eventually it came down to a sprint in Leuven. The Italian riders started the sprint after which Vos won her sixth silver medal.

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The three-time world champion was disappointed with her second place. “I would have liked to win here. Balsamo rode a very strong race. When she attacked, I couldn’t develop more speed. The last metres were painful, because I felt I couldn’t get past her. I missed the punch. It’s been a grueling race”, Vos said. “It’s a shame I wasn’t able to finish it off. It wouldn’t have been the first time for me, but you don’t get a chance like this every day.”

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Britain’s Anna Henderson showed up at the front frequently. “I didn’t know how my legs would feel. When we turned onto the Flandrien Circuit, I noticed that it was all right. On the Leuven circuit, I rode up front a lot in case the opportunity arose to jump in. I will take this experience with me for the future.”

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