"Coming into the 2013 event in Louisville, Kentucky, three Dutch riders are returning world champi***: Marianne Vos, junior Mathieu Van der Poel and the two-time U23 champion Lars Van der Haar, who moves up to challenge for the elite men’s title.Vos has five ‘cross elite titles to her name, the first earned at age 18, <a href=http://www.bestcarbonbicycle.com/promotion-super-light-full-carbon-mtb-frame-26er-3kud-bsa.html&rt;carbon bike frames</a&rt; and also happens to be fully capable of combining the discipline with a high level of success in road, track and - this year - mountain biking. Yet, even as reigning Olympic and road world champion,
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the 25 year-old from ''s-Hertogenbosch still gets nervous before a champi***hip event.“At the start line, everybody is the same, anyone can win and the champi***hips of the past don’t count anymore,” Vos told Cyclingnews.<a href=http://www.bestcarbonbicycle.com/promotion-and-wholesale-super-light-full-carbon-mtb-29er-frame-ud-matt-finish-bsabb30.html&rt;29er mountain bike frames</a&rt; “I do get nervous, but that’s what I like, that’s what I do it for.”How the Dutch have crept up on and are perhaps beating the Belgians at their own game comes down to the good training provided by the country’s cycling federation.
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