Marianne Vos, shown here winning at Zolder, took the final World Cup round today at Hoogerheide  © Bart Hazen

Marianne Vos, shown here winning at Zolder, took the final World Cup round today at Hoogerheide © Bart Hazen

HOOGERHEIDE, NETHERLANDS – On the first true winter conditions of this year’s World Cup series, Marianne Vos (Rabobank) was right at home as she stormed across the slippery, frozen ground to take a snowy win in the final round at Hoogerheide. Sanne van Paassen (Rabobank) rode into a strong second place, staying with Vos until she slipped out on the icy conditions, allowing the World Champion to time trial to victory. Cristel Ferrier-Bruneau (Faren) took third, followed by Eva Lechner, Jasmin Achermann (Rapha-Focus), Sanne Cant (BKCP) and Helen Wyman (Kona). American Arley Kemmerer (Charm City Cycling) took 18th, and Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea) took 20th.

“It was so slippery that you had to be concentrating all the time,” said Vos. “Of course that’s difficult, but that’s cyclocross and I like it.” With conditions being so perilous – some racers even chose to slide down the steep, frozen hill on their derrieres – the race took on a slow motion feel as even the leaders were cautious to push too hard. “It’s fun,” Vos said about the winter course, “the spectators are yelling and they want you to make some speed, but you have to keep concentrated in the corners.”

With Katie Compton having already sealed up the overall World Cup title and electing not to make the trip, today’s results were all important for the remainder of the series podium, as only eight points separated Van Paassen, Wyman, and Nikki Harris. Harris had a difficult race in the frozen conditions, running into the barriers on multiple occasions and finishing in tenth, and Wyman’s strong start, which had her chasing in fourth, eventually saw her slipping back as the other women found their footing.  So it was that Sanne van Paassen solidified her second place, finishing the series with 300 points to Harris’ 276 in third, followed by Wyman and Cant.

2013 World Cup Hoogerheide: Elite Women Results

1Marianne VOSNED38:54:00
2Sanne VAN PAASSENNED39:47:00
3Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAUFRA40:06:00
4Eva LECHNERITA40:18:00
5Jasmin ACHERMANNSUI40:23:00
6Sanne CANTBEL40:42:00
7Helen WYMANGBR40:45:00
8Vania ROSSIITA40:50:00
9Ellen VAN LOYBEL41:12:00
10Nikki HARRISGBR41:22:00
11Pavla HAVLIKOVACZE41:36:00
12Annie LASTGBR41:46:00
13Reza HORMESNED42:07:00
14Sabrina STULTIENSNED42:13:00
15Arenda GRIMBERGNED42:28:00
16Alice Maria ARZUFFIITA42:39:00
17Gabriella DAYGBR42:44:00
18Arley KEMMERERUSA42:45:00
19Gregor MUHLBERGERNED42:47:00
20Amy DOMBROSKIUSA42:57:00
21Francesca CAUZITA43:17:00
22Evy KUIJPERSNED44:07:00
23Jessica LAMBRECHTGER44:09:00
24Lotte EIKELENBOOMNED44:26:00
26Githa MICHIELSBEL44:44:00
27Asa Maria ERLANDSSONSWE44:46:00
29Suzie GODARTLUX45:10:00
30Katrien THIJSBEL45:13:00
31Ayako TOYOOKAJPN45:14:00
32Christine VARDAROSUSA45:23:00
33Hilde QUINTENSBEL45:24:00
34Esmee OOSTERMANNED46:29:00
35Caroline MANIFRA
36Margriet Helena KLOPPENBURGDEN
37Kristien NELENBEL