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Vos adds worlds win to Olympic gold

Netherlands Cycling Road World Championship

Marianne Vos of The Netherlands holds a Dutch flag as she crosses the finish line to win the women’s road race of the World Championship Cycling over 129 kilometers (80.6 miles) in Valkenburg, southern Netherlands, Saturday Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)


After five straight second place finishes at the world championships, road cyclist Marianne Vos finally won gold in Limburg Saturday, waving the Dutch flag as she crossed the finish in front of her home crowd in 3 hours, 14 minutes, 29 seconds.

“When I got to 300m to go I could put my hands in the air and I saw someone had a flag so I grabbed it,” Vos told BBC Sport. “In the last few weeks I’ve been focusing on this and not thinking too much about the Olympic gold. Now I can start to look back and reflect on what I have done.”

What Vos has done is become only the second woman ever to win Olympic and world championship gold in the same year. She joins only Nicole Cooke, who pulled off the feat in 2008. Cooke finished 60th on Saturday. Americans Amber Neben finished fourth and podium favorite Evelyn Stevens ended up in sixteenth.

“It was great to see the gap growing from one, to two and then to three minutes,” Vos added. “When we got to the last lap I thought this is the moment when I could be world champion.”