The weather may have not been ideal but the pouring rain and wet roads did not stop the women from creating a race that was full of excitement.
The early stages of the race seemed to remain relatively calm with an attempt by Silva (BRA) to pull away in the 5km, but she did not stay away for long. A few attacks from Van Dijk (NED) started to string out the pack, but she was continuously pulled back by the likes of Pooley (GBR) Hughes (CAN) and Armstrong (USA).
It was the second lap of Box hill where things really heated up. Pooley(GBR) made an advance that took Neben(USA) with her, but it was the attack with around 40km to go, by Vos(NED) Armistead(GBR) Olds (USA) and Zabelinskaya(RUS) that was the most powerful.
Olds(USA) suffered a puncture and was immediately left behind and the three women road out all the way back to London. It was obvious that Zabelinskaya was the weakest of the three and when they made it to the Mall it was going to be all about Vos and Armistead.
Vos was always going to be hard to beat, the current World Cyclocross Champion, Netherlands Cyclocross Champion and a past Track champion, she has had an amazing year. And when it came to the final sprint Vos took the victory over Armistead (GBR) with Zabelinskaya finishing third.
The women’s road race proved that these ladies are tough, with crashes, punctures, mechanicals and changeable weather conditions they managed to deliver a race that everyone was talking about. It was a pleasure to watch and a brilliant way to promote the exciting completion and talent women’s cycling has to offer.
Gold: Marianne Voss (The Netherlands)
Silver: Lizzy Armitstead (Great Britain)
Bronze: Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia)