Versatile Vos takes title

Even after an attempted break straight from the start, Marianne Vos still manages to win the women's

Even after an attempted break straight from the start, Marianne Vos still manages to win the women's
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Dutchwoman Marianne Vos made no secret of her intentions as she took off in a breakaway literally the second the start gun sounded in the junior women's road race this morning. Obviously, the rest of the peloton needed a little time to react to the offensive, but a few kilometres later she was pulled back, writes Susanne Horsdal. On the last of five ascents of the Torricelle climb, however, Vos repeated her attacking feat, and this time none of the opposition was able to follow the 17 year old, who won by a margin of half a minute in front of a group of 12 riders. Their sprint saw Marta Bastianelli of Italy take silver and Eleonora van Dijk of Holland the bronze. And who knows how far Vos can go now. In much the same way as Nicole Cooke when she was a junior, Vos is already an outstanding mountain bike, cyclo-cross and road race prospect. Added to this, while most other riders are having a break this winter, she'll continue with her promising speedskating career. "I want to turn professional, but I don't yet know in which discipline. I really don't want to decide between them just yet," said the thrilled Vos, who hopes to compete at the cyclo-cross world championships this coming winter. The problem is that there is no world championship race for the junior women, so she'll have to compete with the seniors. 1 Marianne Vos (Holland) 73.75km in 2.11.44 (33.59kph) 2 Marta Bastianelli (Italy) 0.30 3 Eleonora Van Dijk (Holland) 4 Olena Andruk (Ukraine) 5 Roxane Knetemann (Holland) 6 Daiva Tuslaite (Lithuania) 7 Ekaterina Tretiakova (Russia) 8 Savrina Bernardi (Italy) 9 Amanda Spratt (Australia) 10 Suzanne Van Veen (Holland)
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