Marianne Vos was in tears after finishing second for the sixth time in her career in a road race at the World Cup.

The Dutchman was half a bicycle length short in the sprint in Leuven on Saturday and had to leave the world title to the Italian Elisa Balsamo.

"If you're close, it's a bit of a shame," Vos said to


after the podium ceremony


"I would have loved to have done it, but Balsamo was incredibly strong and was brought well. I was in the wheel, but I couldn't catch her when she started. It's painful meters. I felt I couldn't get past it. "

The 34-year-old Vos knows what it's like to just miss a world title.

From 2007 to 2011, came second in a world championship road race five times in a row.

"You can process it, but it's still a shame. You don't get such opportunities every day."

Unlike her teammates, Vos does not think that the Dutch team made mistakes in the final of the road race.

Just before the final sprint, the formation of national coach Loes Gunnewijk had to close the gap with the Spanish refugee Mavi GarcĂ­a.

Vos also had to jump to Balsamo's wheel under his own power.

"I was on the perfect wheel, so that went well. I don't know what went wrong. But we can say that Balsamo had a very strong race and had the fastest finish," said Vos, who is not like Lucinda Brand. thinks that the Netherlands drove like "loose sand".

"I did not experience it that way. We wanted to be alert and not let go too much. Then you see that the Orange is continuously in front. It was one by one, but that was discussed in the preliminary discussion. loose sand."

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