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Vos says ‘road cycling is like a game’, and she’s playing it better than anyone

Vos says ‘road cycling is like a game’, and she’s playing it better than anyone

It’s Vos’s world and the rest of the peloton is just living in it. They tried. The peloton threw the kitchen sink at trying to…

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It’s Vos’s world and the rest of the peloton is just living in it.

They tried.

The peloton threw the kitchen sink at trying to prevent stage three of the Tour of Scandinavia from coming down to a sprint in the hopes that they could stop Marianne Vos from taking her third stage win in a row.

The inimitable Jumbo-Visma leader took stages one and two with relative ease, although Emilia Fahlin put up a good fight in the latter. In a feat of clever positioning, strong teamwork, and a racing instinct, Vos took a third win in Sarpsborg.

The rest of the peloton, in the knowledge that Vos is nigh-on unbeatable in a sprint at the moment, sent off countless attacks in the final few laps of the Sarpsborg circuit, including an attempt at a solo flyer from Canyon-Sram’s Alice Barnes, who would usually be amongst it in a bunch kick. Jumbo-Visma, and Vos herself, were determined for the outcome to go their way and did a stellar job of keeping things together.

Coming into the finish, Vos was boxed in. But she is Marianne Vos, and as such, she found her way out and into the perfect position on the finishing straight. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig gave her a run for her money and Vos was seen hunched over her bike as she caught her breath after crossing the line but she won by a bike length with time to celebrate.

“The last kilometre was hard but also the 60 kilometres before that were […]

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