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Ferrand-Prevot victorious in Spain
27 Sep 2014 22:10
France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot won gold in the women's road race at the Road World Championships as Marianne Vos' eight-year run of podium finishes ended in Spain.
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Ferrand-Prevot won a sprint in a select group in Ponferrada ahead of Germany's Lisa Brennauer, the time trial champion on Tuesday, with Emma Johannson taking bronze.
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The remarkable Vos, the reigning world and Olympic champion, had been an ever-present on the podium since 2006, when she claimed her first of three victories.
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However, the Dutch star could finish only 10th on the undulating 127.4-kilometre course (seven 18.2km laps).
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Johansson, Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, Italian Elisa Longo Borghini and Vos broke away from the pack near the top of the final climb four kilometres from the finish.
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But as the line loomed, they played mind games, looked at each other and refused to take turns, allowing a small bunch to catch them within the final kilometre.
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Ferrand-Prevot, who is Vos's team-mate at Rabobank-Liv, took shelter behind the Dutch favourite when she launched the final sprint.
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The 22-year-old then sneaked through and held off Brennauer, who finished stronger.
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Ferrand-Prevot burst into tears after crossing the line.
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"I want to thank the whole staff, the whole team. It's a beautiful day," she said.
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However, the Irish riders were placed well throughout the race, with Eddie Dunbar and Michael O’Loughlin positioned well at the front of the bunch throughout. A blistering final lap tore the field apart, putting the Irishmen under pressure for the first time, missing out on the select group who were left to sprint for the title.
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Michael O’Loughlin fared best of the Irish competitors in the junior men’s road race, finishing 44th.
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