Dutch star Marianne Vos secured the overall women’s title on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Cyclo-Cross World Cup circuit for the first time with victory in Pontchâteau in France today.
Vos won her second race in a row to gain an unassailable lead at the top of the standings.
The 31-year-old entered the race 56 points ahead of Belgium’s Sanne Cant, who did not compete.
With one race to go and only 80 points available for a win, Vos now sits 132 points ahead of her compatriot Annemarie Worst.
Vos, a three-time road race world champion as well as a seven time world cyclo-cross champion, won today in 46min 53sec, eight seconds ahead of another Dutchwoman in Denise Betsema.
An all Dutch podium was completed by Maud Kaptheijns, who finished in 47:29, while a seventh placed finish for Worst was enough to see her move into second overall.
In the men’s race, Belgium's Wout Van Aert beat his compatriot Toon Aerts in a sprint for the line to replace him as the overall World Cup leader.
After a tight season so far, the pair entered today’s race separated at the top of the standings by just seven points.
Aerts was ahead, but then lost to van Aert by just one second today, meaning that with one race to go he now trails in the standings by three points.
In a race described as a “thriller” by the UCI, Van Aert took the win in 1hr 04min 34sec.
Just as the Dutch dominated the women’s race, an all Belgian podium in the men’s was completed by Michael Vanthourenhout, who finished seven seconds behind Van Aert in 1:04.41.
The season will finish in Hoogerheide Provincie Noord-Brabant in The Netherlands next Sunday (January 27), with the overall men’s World Cup title on the line.