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August 20/12 12:43 pm - Open de Suede Vargarda / Vargarda World Cup report and results

Posted by Editoress on 08/20/12

An exciting race, which was won by Iris Slappendel (Rabobank Women), was played out in Vargarda on Sunday August 19th. The Dutchwoman, who has never won a World Cup road race before, was delighted with her victory, which was truly deserved after her constant attacking throughout the 12 lap, 132 kilometre race. For her own part, Marianne Vos rode a tactically brilliant race and has already sealed the 2012 World Cup series, despite one round remaining.

Slappendel created the initial break on the third lap. Six riders, including Hanka Kupfernagel (Rusvelo) went with her. The gap to the bunch incresed quickly and, perhaps realising the danger, a lap later on the main climb, Marianne Vos (Rabobank Women) bridged across the gap to join the leaders. Vos had observed that her next-best competitor in the World Cup standings, Judith Arndt, was missing from the break and decided to go across, perhaps to gain some extra World Cup points if the break stayed away to the end. From there, the bunch did not see these riders again.

Slappendel attacked again and made a solo break with 3 laps to go which split the leading group. Although she gained 28 seconds and stayed away for about 8 kilometres, she could not hold off a counterattack by Linda Villumsen, which was covered by Slappendel's team-mate, Marianne Vos. The leaders then raced a fast lap, with attack after attack, each of which failed. At last, with 13 kilometres left in the race, Slappendel attacked again and was covered only by Hanka Kupfernagel. The pair battled out the final lap, with the pace taken out of the legs of the chasers by the distance already covered, the repetition of the draining climb and the fact that Marianne Vos had no reason to chase.

Coming into the finishing straight, Kupfernagel put up a brave fight, but Slappendel led from the front and crossed the line a couple of bike lengths ahead of the German. Marianne Vos won the small group sprint one minute, ten seconds later and with it, took enough points to win the World Cup 2012 overall.

Victor, Iris Slappendel, was a little stuck for words, ""Nice! Amazing! I can't believe it!", she commented about her win, adding "When we had 40 seconds. I thought, Ok, they will look to each other and to Marianne [Vos], maybe I can make it. I felt so good all day."

Olympic Champion and now World Cup winner, Vos, said afterwards that "It was not our main goal to win the World Cup today, we wanted to go for the win here in Vargarda but of course it is great to already have the win and to go next week to Plouay with some confidence and with the jersey already."

Jeroen Blijlevens (Directeur Sportif, Rabobank Women) was very happy with the victory, "I am very happy, it is not only Marianne who is winning in our team, but also the other riders. If you play the game well, you can win with the other riders. It is a double victory, because Marianne won the World Cup for sure today."

The final round of the World Cup 2012 is the GP de Plouay in Bretagne, France next week, 24th August.

Report by UCI

After 132 km
1 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 3:24:47
2 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Rusvelo at s.t.
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 1:10
4 Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink - Cycling Team
5 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon
6 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team all s.t.
7 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 1:14
8 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) AA Drink - Cycling Team 2:08
9 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon
10 Linda-Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Orica GreenEDGE both s.t.
11 Amy Pieters (Ned) Skil 1T4I 2:45
12 Nina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 3:25
13 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team 9:33
14 Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica GreenEDGE
15 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Faren Honda Team
16 Romy Kasper (Ger) Rusvelo
17 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
18 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
19 Thalita de Jong (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
20 Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
21 Nina Schultz Nielsen (Den) Danish National Team
22 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam
23 Monique van de Ree (Ned) Skil 1T4I
24 Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
25 Julie Leth (Den) DPD - Pakketservice
26 Kelly Markus (Ned) Skil 1T4I
27 Anouska Koster (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam
28 Sari Saarelainen (Fin) Finish National Team
29 Hanna Nilsson (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
30 Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) Faren Honda Team
31 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
32 Jessie MacLean (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
33 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Orica GreenEDGE
34 Ceclie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Norwegian National Team
35 Cathrine Grage (Den) Danish National Team
36 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team
37 Jessie Daams (Bel) AA Drink - Cycling Team
38 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Orica GreenEDGE
39 Eleonora van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized - lululemon
40 Liesbet de Vocht (Bel) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
41 Sharon Laws (GBr) AA Drink - Cycling Team
42 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team
43 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Rusvelo
44 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Skil 1T4I
45 Hildegunn Hovdenak (Nor) Norwegian National Team
46 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon
47 Malin Rydlund (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
48 Esther Olthuis (Ned) DPD - Pakketservice
49 Tina Andreassen (Nor) Norwegian National Team
50 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon
51 Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon all s.t.
52 Aafke Eshuis (Ned) DPD - Pakketservice 10:15
53 Britt Lauenborg (Den) Danish National Team
54 Natalie Van Gogh (Ned) DPD - Pakketservice
55 Eileen Roe (GBr) DPD - Pakketservice all s.t.
56 Janneke Ensing (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 10:27
57 Irina Molicheva (Rus) Rusvelo 10:29
58 Camilla Sørgjerd (Nor) Norwegian National Team 11:11
59 Linn Torp (Nor) Norwegian National Team
60 Maija Rossi (Fin) Finish National Team
61 Esra Tromp (Ned) Skil 1T4I all s.t.
62 Martina Thomasson (Swe) DPD - Pakketservice 12:44
63 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam 13:40
64 Fie Degn Larsen (Den) Danish National Team 14:17
65 Jutta Nieminen (Fin) Finish National Team 15:53
66 Thea Thorsen (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team s.t.
DNF Alina Bondarenko (Rus) Rusvelo
DNF Mette Fugl Rasmussen (Den) Danish National Team
DNF Myfanwy Galloway (Aus) Faren Honda Team
DNF Anna Lindström (Fin) Finish National Team
DNF Beata Sandström (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
DNF Anne-Katrine Meland (Nor) Norwegian National Team
DNF Emma Trott (GBr) Dolmans - Boels Cyclingteam
DNF Elena Utrobina (Rus) Faren Honda Team
DNF Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Finish National Team
DNF Pia Pensaari (Fin) Finish National Team
DNF Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team
World Cup standings
1 Marianne Vos (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 260 pts
2 Judith Arndt (Ger) Orica GreenEDGE 176
3 Evelyn Stevens (USA) Team Specialized - lululemon 125
4 Shelley Olds (USA) AA Drink - Cycling Team 125
5 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized - lululemon 124
6 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - Mistral Home Cycling Team 110
7 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team 108
8 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Stichting Rabo Women Cycling Team 100
9 Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) Orica GreenEDGE 76
10 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) RusVelo 75
15 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Exergy Twenty12 50
18 Amber Neben (USA) Team Specialized - Lululemon 42
25 Joelle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits 35
35 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope 26
44 Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top 21
48 Clara Hughes (Can) Team Specialized - lululemon 18
89 Carmen Small (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits 8

Full standings


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