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Vos claims third world road race title

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Marianne Vos also won the road race world title in 2006 and 2012 © Getty Images
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Marianne Vos successfully retained her women's elite road race title at the World Championships in Florence following a clinical attack in the closing stages, where the Dutch rider finished 15 seconds clear of world No. 1 Emma Johansson and Rossella Ratto.

Vos collapsed to the floor in delight after her final efforts up the Via Salviati meant she crossed the line ahead of an 11-rider group to clinch her third rainbow jersey, adding to victories in 2006 and 2012. The London 2012 gold medallist won the 140km race with a time of three hours and 44 minutes.

Swede Johansson edged Ratto in a sprint finish for silver but it was disappointment for Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead, who finished five minutes and 20 seconds off the lead in 19th despite a strong effort.

"It was just so hard, I will look back a little disappointed," Armitstead told British Cycling. "The preparation I had and the people I was still with in that group, it's not too bad.

"If you were somebody that was going to attack you just had no chance to do it early because the course did for us, it was just so difficult. It was only really recovery on this home straight.

"Sometimes it's in your head and you're thinking 'I can't do this, I can't so this' but it was literally all physical, I just blew up."

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