She went into the cyclocross season as world champion but Marianne Vos had to end her cross campaign prematurely due to a constricted iliac artery. Unable to defend her world title last month the 35-year-old instead had to undergo surgery in order to continue racing.
“The treatment went well, and, as hoped, I was able to get back on my bike and resume training ten days later. The first road race is just around the corner”, said Vos in a press release from her team, Jumbo-Visma.
Now, two months after her surgery, Vos will make her road debut for the 2023 season at the longstanding independent women’s race, Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday. The race, which has been held since 1974, suits Vos’s strengths as an all-rounder rider and as such the Dutchwoman is tied on the most number of wins, four, with Italian Maria Canins.
“The Trofeo Alfredo Binda is a race that I love to ride”, said Vos. “The first race of the season always brings a few extra nerves. I’m looking forward to starting the race with the team.”
Vos, who has been training at altitude in Tenerife since she returned to riding, gave very little away about her current form heading into the race. Given the short period of training she has been able to complete in the lead up to the race the former world and Olympic champion is unlikely to be on her best form, but it is a truth universally acknowledged in women’s racing that you […]
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