Vos finishes CX World Cup Maasmechelen in sixth place
Marianne Vos has finished sixth in Maasmechelen. The 35-year-old Dutchwoman rode her inaugural CX World Cup of the cyclo-cross season but could not yet contend for the spots in Belgium.
Vos, who started from the second row, got stuck at the first steep slope and had to start pursuing. Early on, it became apparent that the Team Jumbo-Visma rider couldn't keep up with the front group's speed. Vos rode her own race, grew stronger and as the race progressed, and, following a catch-up race, crossed the line in sixth place.
"I started from the second row and immediately tried to go with the best, but I noticed it took a lot of effort”, Vos said. "That's why I had to let go in the second lap and take my own pace. Then I tried to ride a clean race. That went well, but accelerating was no longer an option. The youngsters are doing incredibly well at the moment. The level is very high. That forces me to get the best out of myself as well. This is a fitting result today. I am satisfied."