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All Marianne Vos, all the time

Dominant Dutchwoman was cycling's best -- male or female -- in 2012

Updated: December 17, 2012, 12:04 PM ET
By Matthew Beaudin | VeloNews.com

Her brother and father streaked by. She took note, and decided that she'd like to race bikes, too. Marianne Vos was 5.

Her father went and bought the smallest bike he could find. It was still too big, but the pint-sized Vos could manage, and she began riding at the local club. "Immediately," she said, "I liked the speed." On Tuesday and Thursday evenings after school, Vos trained, if that's even possible for a 6-year-old. Cycling was her first love, she would later say. At age 7, ...

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