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by Jeanine Laudy
August 17, 2017
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
It’s been a rough season for multi-discipline, multi-time world champion Marianne Vos.
After a dominant cyclocross season, Vos entered the 2017 road season with a new team, WM3 Pro Cycling. But after just a few unsuccessful appearances in the early season, she pulled out of Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne, and we didn’t see her resurface on the WorldTour stage until the Women’s Tour.
Steadily working on her fitness, Vos did win smaller UCI events at home like the Trofee Maarten Wynants and the eponymous Marianne Vos Classic (a.k.a 7-Dorpenomloop Wijk en Aalburg), and was looking good at the Women’s Tour in Britain before she was forced to abandon the race with a broken collarbone following a late-race crash in stage 3.
Missing the Giro Rosa and Dutch National Championships while recovering, Vos made a rocky return to the peloton at the BeNe Ladies Tour, where she crashed in the opening prologue. Luckily, she was unharmed and went on to win the overall.
She continued to find success at the European Championships, where she bested long-time rival Giorgia Bronzini to take the blue and starred jersey.
InCycle caught up with the new champion to talk about her road season, the media and retirement.
“I haven’t set that point yet, for sure I want to race for a couple of years more,” Vos said in response to retirement questions. “I already got those questions, ‘when do you retire?’, when I was 25, 26. Because I have been in the elite category, on the highest level, since I was 18, 19, I can understand that people think I’m there forever already.”
“For me, I’m not done yet.”