On Sunday Marianne Vos added the Pont-Château, France round of the 2018-2019 World Cup to wins in Heusden-Zolder, Bern and Waterloo, taking the overall title with one race to go. It’s the Dutch master’s first World Cup title. Canadian Maghalie Rochette was 29th.
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With Belgian ace Sanne Cant taking the Pont-Château round off, Vos was virtually guaranteed to take the World Cup title. Vos and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado were the early leaders, but it was American Katie Compton trying to inject some pace. By Lap 5 of seven Maud Kaptheijns, Denise Betsema and Vos had split from the others on the fast, dry, 3.02-km course.
Betsema and Vos pulled away from Kaptheijns on the sixth of seven laps, and they had a five-second lead when they heard the bell. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Annemarie Worst were 24-seconds behind. Vos pushed ahead before the planks and then powered away for the win. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado secured the under-23 title with fourth place.
Rochette’s other World Cups have been DNF in Waterloo, 9th at Jinglecross, 6th in Bern, 13th in Tabor, 28th at Koksijde, 20th in Namur, and 30th at Heusden-Zolder.
There is one race left on the calendar, Hoogerheide, the Netherlands on January 27.
2019 UCI Cyclocross World Cup, Round 8, Pont-Château, France, Elite Women
1) Marianne Vos (The Netherlands/CCC-Liv) 46:35
2) Denise Betsema (The Netherlands/Marlux-Bingoal) +0:08
3) Maud Kaptheijns (The Netherlands/Team Charles) +0:36
29) Magahlie Rochette (Canada) +3:30