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Thu Apr 24 03:09:35 SAST 2014

Vos powers to 11th gold with world title

Reuters | 23 September, 2012 09:510 Comments
UCI Road World Championships - Day Seven
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands celebrates winning the Elite Women's Road Race on day seven of the UCI Road World Championships on September 22, 2012 in Valkenburg, Netherlands
Image by: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Marianne Vos claimed her 11th gold medal at senior level when a brutal attack in the last climb earned the Dutchwoman a home victory in the world championships road race on Saturday.

Vos, a road race world champion in 2006 but a runner-up every year since then, left her rivals glued on the tarmac in the ascent of the Cauberg, a 1200-metre climb at an average gradient of 5,8%, and she never looked back to add to her London Olympics gold medal.

Australian Rachel Neylan took silver and Elisa Longo Borghini snatched the bronze medal.

Vos, 25, has world or Olympic titles in road racing, cyclocross and track cycling.

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