Marianne Vos, arguably the world’s most complete bike rider, has won the world cyclo-cross championship for the sixth year in a row, with Great Britain's Helen Wyman finishing third to take Great Britain’s first medal in the event since the inaugural edition in 2000.
It’s the seventh time that the 26-year-old Dutchwoman Vos, the reigning Olympic and world champion on the road, has won the rainbow jersey in cyclo-cross. You can watch highlights of today’s race here.
As happened in 2012, when she won the road worlds for the second time after the frustration of being runner-up for five years in succession, today’s victory came on home soil, this time at Hoogerheide.
The American rider Katie Compton had been expected to challenge Vos today, but her hopes were dashed early on when her bike became entangled with that of the Czech rider Pavla Havlikova on the first lap.
Today, Wyman and Italy's Eva Lechner set the early pace, but by the end of the opening lap Vos was out front on her own.
Lechner would finish second, 1 minute and 7 seconds behind Vos, with Wyman getting the better of Belgium’s Sabine Cant in a tussle for the bronze medal.
She becomes only the second British woman to win a medal at the championships, Louise Robinson having taken silver in the inaugural edition in 2000.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.