Marianne Vos: 'Silver was all I could do' as Dutch spell over rainbow jersey is broken

Everything had gone perfectly, Vos says, until the last few metres when Balsamo couldn't be brought to heel

Marianne Vos
(Image credit: Getty)

Similar to how many Americans would have breathed a sigh of relief at the start of the year when the White House passed from one owner to the other, the Netherlands' four-year reign of tyranny in the women's Worlds road race is finally over thanks to Elisa Balsamo.

"Until [the finish line] the situation was good," Vos said after the finish, looking stoic in defeat with her chin held high. "I knew it was going to be a hard final but we wanted to make the race hard.

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