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:

Place Bib Rider Country Time Points
1 13 VOS Marianne NED 0:42:22 60
2 1 KUPFERNAGEL Hanka GER +00:00 50
3 7 VAN DEN BRAND Daphny NED +00:00 45
4 17 COMPTON Katherine USA +00:01 40
5 3 SALVETAT Maryline FRA +00:13 35
6 4 FERRIER-BRUNEAU Christel FRA +01:08 30
7 20 LLOYD Rachel USA +01:20 28
8 40 HAVLIKOVA Pavla CZE +01:26 26
9 34 SIMMS Wendy CAN +01:35 24
10 18 GOULD Georgia USA +01:37 22
11 14 MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam NED +01:47 20
12 5 TRIQUET-CLAUDE Nadia FRA +01:50 19
13 23 LECHNER Eva ITA +01:54 18
14 8 ELEMANS Saskia NED +01:59 17
15 9 VAN PAASSEN Sanne NED +02:34 16
16 39 HARRIS Nikki GBR +02:49 15
17 25 CANT Sanne BEL +03:09 14
18 11 HORMES Reza NED +03:14 13
19 26 VANDERBEKEN Joyce BEL +03:21 12
20 6 MANI Caroline FRA +03:31 11
21 41 KYPTOVA Jana CZE +03:43 10
22 10 GRIMBERG Arenda NED +04:20 9
23 15 GUNNEWIJK Loes NED +04:31 8
24 38 DAY Gabriella GBR +04:34 7
25 37 WYMAN Helen GBR +05:04 6
26 22 ALESSIO Veronica ITA +05:05 5
27 2 ZWICK Martina GER +05:13 4
28 29 DE BIE – LEYTEN Nicole BEL +05:41 3
29 30 ARNOUTS Anne BEL +06:18 2
30 21 VARDAROS Christine USA +06:29 1
31 32 BOBER Nancy BEL +06:59
32 27 WILLEMS Gertie BEL +07:11
33 47 OGISHIMA Mika JPN +07:14
34 42 RIEDL Elke AUT +07:48
35 19 BUTLER Susan USA +08:25
36 45 GODART Suzie LUX -1LAP
37 46 HANSEN Nikoline DEN -1LAP
38 36 THOMAS Vicki CAN -2LAP
39 44 VOJTASOVA Zuzana SVK -2LAP
28 SELS Loes BEL DNF6
24 INGELS Veerle BEL DNF5