Biding Their Time
Once the peloton had pulled back the Slovenian, Spela Kern, the women dropped into riding tempo. The course of seven laps included to sharp climbs that weren't too hard on the first trip up, but as the day wore on, the hills seemed to get steeper and steeper. The Dutch team in their distinctive bright orange jersey, had the two consecutive time defender of the Rainbow Jersey, Marianne Vos. Because she has been so dominate, having won the silver medal at the preceding 6 consecutive Worlds, it was up to her team to do the work on the front of the peloton. Team USA was ever attentive, their team leader, Shelly Olds, as been locking horns (or handlebars) with Vos all season long and the team felt she had the form to get around the Dutch star.