Vos fourth in tough edition of Paris-Roubaix

Vos fourth in tough edition of Paris-Roubaix

Marianne Vos missed a podium spot in the fifth edition of Paris-Roubaix. In a titanic battle, she fell short of victory and had to concede to Lotte Kopecky.

Despite several attack attempts, the high pace in the peloton prevented a breakaway. On the sixth cobbled stretch of the day, the race broke completely open. Lotte Kopecky pulled the throttle and managed to create an elite group, which included Vos, Sophie von Berswordt-Wallrabe, and Lieke Nooijen.

On the Camphin-en-Pévèle, the decisive blow then followed. Vos accelerated and was joined by five riders. Despite several attack attempts, no one managed to escape, and the leaders rode together towards the Vélodrome André Pétrieux. On the Roubaix cycling track, Kopecky eventually proved to have the fastest legs.

"It's always a very special sprint," Vos reflected. "I came too early and from outside they came with more speed. Finishing in Roubaix is always different, but Lotte (Kopecky) deservedly won today. It's disappointing not to succeed, especially when you're so close. But I'm also aware that you don't win just like that.”

"We gave everything as a team today and went full for the win"

Sophie von Berswordt-Wallrabe

Von Berswordt-Wallrabe was at the start of the Hell of the North for the first time today and showed up several times. "It was a super cool experience to ride here. We gave everything as a team today and went full for the win. Then it's really unfortunate that it doesn't work out. We tried everything to let Marianne win, and then it is very unfortunate that she just came up short. But this is unfortunately part of the sport.”

A home race for Team Visma | Lease a Bike Women is scheduled next week with the Amstel Gold Race. "It felt good again today and I noticed that I wasn't bad, I'll take this with me to next week when the Amstel Gold Race is coming up. My next goal," Vos concluded.


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