Marianne Vos‘ life in cycling just keeps on as a roller coaster. After a well documented bad couple of years with injury and recovery issues, she had a fantastic cyclocross season, but narrowly missed out on winning the 2017 CX World Championships, after an ill-timed chain slip, then had a frustrating Classics season. She was back on top, winning Gooik in incredible style, and came second behind her team-mate Kasia Niewiadoma in Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour… but then crashed in Stage 3, breaking her collarbone, forcing her to miss some huge goals, the Dutch National Championships and the Giro Rosa.
This week she returns to racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour, and she told me all about how her recovery has gone, and what it was like, watching the team she owns, WM3 Procycling, win the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, and struggle in the Giro.
We also talked about some of her most memorable Giro Rosa moments, and what it’s like to deal with some of the race’s frustrations, with advice for wannabe Giro winners on how to approach it. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did.
We talked about some incredible Giro Rosa moments – click through the stage links for lots more videos and links to how the stages went down.
- That win on the Mortirolo stage in the 2011 Giro, with Vos’ incredible descending
- The 2010 stage 9 – the Stelvio – Part 1 of the video and Part 2 below, and lots more things in the comments of this Podium Café article
- The sprint Stage 2 of the 2013 Giro where Vos’ crazy bike skills narrowly avoided a huge crash (click through for lots more videos)
- And the Cerro al Volturno Stage 3 in 2013, when Vos was out with Tiffany Cromwell. Click through for the full videos here, or the highlights are here:
- The Madonna del Ghisallo Stage 9 in the 2014 Giro – which had controversy, but ended with Vos’ win and two Rabo-liv team-mates on the podium
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