Unbound delivers a surprise winner: German PhD student Rosa Klöser wins in a thrilling bunch sprint

The German rider only started cycling two years ago yet gave a herculean performance for the win

Rosa Klöser wins the women's elite race at Unbound.
(Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)

In an unprecedented and thrilling finish at the Unbound Gravel Race, the women's elite competition culminated in a nine-person sprint, a first in the race's history. The victor came as a surprise, with German rider Rosa Klöser clinching one of the most coveted titles on the calendar just 2.5 years after taking up cycling. 

"I started cycling only 2.5 years ago so that probably also why no one really knows me,” Klöser commented with a laugh. "Actually I am still a full-time PhD [student] and do cycling, or professional racing, part time. The Unbound victory is amazing. I still don’t believe it."

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.