In consultation with the Rabo Liv medical staff, Marianne Vos has decided to not race in the few remaining months of road season, meaning she will not be defending her win at La Course nor will she lining up at the World Championships this September.
On this moment a bit sad, but I’m sure this is the best decision. End of this season, but more seasons to come. https://t.co/Qyui33uUGB
— Marianne Vos (@marianne_vos) July 21, 2015
The 12-time world champion has been sidelined on-and-off with injuries since December, and only made a couple road race appearances this year.
Back in April, Vos seemed recovered and ready to return to the peloton, and spoke optimistically in an exclusive interview with Ella CyclingTips ahead of her 2015 road racing debut at the Ronde van Gelderland.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Vos’ return to racing was disrupted once again when she sustained a rib fracture during a recon ride of the Ötztaler Forest Cross in Haiming, Austria, just a week after Gelderland.
In June, Rabo Liv once again announced she’d be taking another rest period to continue recovering from the hamstring issues she sustained last winter.
Now, despite reportedly feeling better, her latest tests show insufficient basis to further increase the training. The team states that Vos is suffering from possible “non functional overreaching situation,” meaning that an increased training load would result in declining performance.
Whether she’ll be back for cyclocross season has yet to be determined.