Vos powers to 11th gold with world title

Marianne Vos of The Netherlands crosses the finish line to win the Women’s Elite Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, September 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Kooren)

VALKENBURG, Netherlands, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Marianne Vos claimed her 11th gold medal at senior level when a brutal attack in the last climb earned the Dutchwoman a home victory in the world championships road race on Saturday.

Vos, a road race world champion in 2006 but a runner-up every year since then, left her rivals glued on the tarmac in the ascent of the Cauberg, a 1,200-meter climb at an average gradient of 5.8 percent, and she never looked back to add to her London Olympics gold medal.

Australian Rachel Neylan took silver and Elisa Longo Borghini snatched the bronze medal.

Vos, 25, has world or Olympic titles in road racing, cyclo-cross and track cycling.

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