Marianne Vos wins national title at the Dutch Gravel Championships

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Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) added another title to her long list of accomplishments, after winning the elite women’s national title at the Dutch Gravel Championships on Saturday in Epe.

Vos won the 70 kilometer race, attacking halfway through, and finished solo, with Moniek Tenniglo taking second and Lorena Wiebes third in her final race for Team DSM.

It was a last-minute decision for Vos to compete in the national gravel championships, and she noted that it fit well with her preparations for the cyclo-cross season.

Marianne Vos, the reigning cyclo-cross world champion, starts her cyclo-cross campaign at Kiremko Nacht van Woerden on Tuesday 25 October.

She recently competed at the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia at the end of September and then took a short break.

She did not participate in the first UCI Gravel World Championships organized in Veneto in October, won by Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (France).

At Woerden, Vos will debut in his rainbow jersey with Jumbo-Visma after winning a remarkable eighth world cyclo-cross title in Arkansas in January.

Starting his cyclo-cross season later than most, Vos is also set to race the Maasmechelen Cyclo-Cross World Cup on October 30 and then the European Cyclo-Cross Championships on November 5 in Namur.

“As evidenced in recent weeks, the level is high. The competition is on edge. I want to perform well, especially in view of the European Championships, which will take place on November 5 in Namur,” said Vos.

She will also compete in the Beekse Bergen World Cup GP on November 13 in the Netherlands, the Superprestige Merksplas on November 19 and the Overijse World Cup on November 20.

“The [GP Beekse Bergen] course is unknown to everyone because it’s a new cross on the calendar,” said Vos. “I’m looking forward to this race. The World Cup races in the Netherlands are very special. Especially now that I can start with the rainbow jersey.”

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