Marianne Vos (Netherlands) went into the record books today as World Champion for 2008, Vos has now set records for the number of World titles achieved in different cycling disciplines.
The Dutch girl rode to victory in the women’s points race after she lapped the field and mopped up enough points to relegate Denmark’s Trine Schmidt into silver medal position. Schmidt and Italian Vera Carrara were the only other riders to take a lap on the rest of the field to get 20 bonus points in the bag. Carrara’s twenty points were enough to see her win the bronze medal. Vos is now the only woman to have won senior World titles in the road race, cyclo-cross and on the track.
Victoria Pendleton took her personal gold medal tally up to two for the championships. The British sprinter only needed two rides against Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) to win her sixth World Champion’s rainbow jersey. Krupeckaite had beaten last year’s silver medallist Shuang Guo (China) in the semi final to go head to head with the golden girl of British cycling. Pendleton’s rides had the packed Velodrome on their feet as she found great speed in the home straight in both rides and she crossed the line through a wall of noise.