zolder-women-vos_delighted.jpg by Bart Hazen of The Daily Peloton

Multiple World Champion, Dutch Champion and current points race Olympic Champion Marianne Vos is back09 to winning ways in the cyclocross field. The 21-year-old, riding her fourth ‘cross race of the season, won the sixth World Cup of the season in Zolder by beating World Champion Hanka Kupfernagel, Daphny Van den Brand and American Champion Katherine Compton in a sprint.

On the fast and frozen course Katherine Compton and Daphny van den Brand had the best start. World Champion Hanka Kupfernagel had a terrible start but after one lap she was able to make it to the front.

Finally Marianne Vos, Hanka Kupfernagel, Daphny van den Brand, Katherine Compton and France’s Maryline Salvetat broke clear from the others and battled for the victory.

In the final of the race the five attacked each others one by one but nobody was able to get away. Due to the cat and mouse games between the five in front and nobody willing to work the race ended up in a sprint won by the Dutch superwoman.

The Northern Americans did quite well in Zolder with Compton fourth, Lloyd 7th, Simms 9th and Gould in 10th place. Vardaros (30th), Susan Butler (35th) and Vicki Thomas (38th) were the other Northern Americans completing the race.

With her second place Kupfernagel increased her lead in the World Cup. After six rounds the German has 320 points. Van den Brand is second with 260 points and Compton third with 210 points.

The Women’s World Cup will continue in Roubaix on January 18. The 2008/2009 World Cup will come to an end in Milan on January 25.

Photos and full results below.

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Full Results:

PlaceBibRiderCountryTimePoints
113VOS MarianneNED0:42:2260
21KUPFERNAGEL HankaGER+00:0050
37VAN DEN BRAND DaphnyNED+00:0045
417COMPTON KatherineUSA+00:0140
53SALVETAT MarylineFRA+00:1335
64FERRIER-BRUNEAU ChristelFRA+01:0830
720LLOYD RachelUSA+01:2028
840HAVLIKOVA PavlaCZE+01:2626
934SIMMS WendyCAN+01:3524
1018GOULD GeorgiaUSA+01:3722
1114MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL MirjamNED+01:4720
125TRIQUET-CLAUDE NadiaFRA+01:5019
1323LECHNER EvaITA+01:5418
148ELEMANS SaskiaNED+01:5917
159VAN PAASSEN SanneNED+02:3416
1639HARRIS NikkiGBR+02:4915
1725CANT SanneBEL+03:0914
1811HORMES RezaNED+03:1413
1926VANDERBEKEN JoyceBEL+03:2112
206MANI CarolineFRA+03:3111
2141KYPTOVA JanaCZE+03:4310
2210GRIMBERG ArendaNED+04:209
2315GUNNEWIJK LoesNED+04:318
2438DAY GabriellaGBR+04:347
2537WYMAN HelenGBR+05:046
2622ALESSIO VeronicaITA+05:055
272ZWICK MartinaGER+05:134
2829DE BIE – LEYTEN NicoleBEL+05:413
2930ARNOUTS AnneBEL+06:182
3021VARDAROS ChristineUSA+06:291
3132BOBER NancyBEL+06:59
3227WILLEMS GertieBEL+07:11
3347OGISHIMA MikaJPN+07:14
3442RIEDL ElkeAUT+07:48
3519BUTLER SusanUSA+08:25
3645GODART SuzieLUX-1LAP
3746HANSEN NikolineDEN-1LAP
3836THOMAS VickiCAN-2LAP
3944VOJTASOVA ZuzanaSVK-2LAP
28SELS LoesBELDNF6
24INGELS VeerleBELDNF5