2023 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas – Race Report

How the race finished

Demi Vollering (SD Worx) took overall honours at the Vuelta a Burgos after securing two stages wins.

How it happened

Stage One of the four stage race was a stage for the sprinters. Despite a number of attempts to get up the road, the teams controlled things for their sprinters, and headwind sections made it hard for a small group to find a gap. Eventually, Katrine Aalerud (Uno-V Mobility) made her way off the front solo, stretching out her advantage to over three minutes. With twenty kilometres to go she still held a significant lead, with stage favourites SD Worx-Protime having been reluctant to do any work. Movistar tried to get a rider up the road, but the attacks were brought back, and eventually SD Worx-Protime and Lidl Trek set about the chase.

The gap came down quickly, and as Aalerud was caught just shy of 2 kilometres from the line, Carina Schrempf (Fenix Deceuninck) launched a strong counter move. After a huge effort, Schrempf was caught on the line by a flying Lotte Henttala (EF Education Cannondale) who took her first WWT win in six years. Stage favourite Lorena Wiebes was third, slowed by a crash in the finishing straight that saw Elisa Balsamo (Lidl Trek) and Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ) go down into the barriers, with both being unable to continue the following day. 

Stage Two was the first chance for the climbers to test their legs, with a short climb to the finish at Alto de Rosales. In rainy conditions it took a long time for a break to form and when a four rider move finally went it was brought back with 32 kilometres still to race. With teams eager to position their GC riders ahead of the final climb, attacks leading into the finale increased the pace and saw riders dropped. FDJ-Suez took control on the climb, as Demi Vollering (SD Worx Protime) was left, uncharacteristically) without any teammates. 

As the road pitched up Vollering took to the front, inching away from the remaining group. Evita Muzic (FDJ Suez) and Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ) initially held her wheel, but she managed to shake the pair loose to cross the finish line solo and take the overall race lead.

Stage Three was also set up for a classic bunch sprint, and was once again marred by crashes. In a fairly playbook sprinter’s day out, a breakaway of three riders went up the road early in the race. The trio were joined by two more riders before one dropped back. The group were strong, but all went to plan in the peloton and they were caught within the final five kilometres. 

A significant crash with 2.3 kilometres to go impacted the lead outs, with a number of riders including second placed Evita Muzic (FDJ Suez) and white jersey wearer Shirin van Anrooij (Lidl Trek) affected. After the disruption, SD Worx-Protime controlled the run-in to put Lorena Wiebes in the position to take the stage, which she did comfortably. Clara Copponi (Lidl Trek) stepped up in the absence of Balsamo to take second, with Maike van der Duin (Canyon//Sram Racing) third across the line. 

Stage Four was the final showdown for the General Classification, with a category one climb up to the Alto de Rozavientos looking to be decisive. Facing treacherous wet conditions, an early breakaway pairing of Gebru and Olombi spent a short time up the road, being caught at 50 kilometres in by the peloton led by SD Worx-Protime.

After the Alto de Arroyo, which saw attacks from Claire Steels (Movistar) defended by Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime), Ana Vitoria Magalhães (BePink-Bongioanni) took off solo. On the lower slopes of the Huerta de Arriba Lucinda Brand (Lidl Trek) attacked from the peloton, quickly bridging across to Magalhães and then pushing on ahead to establish a solo lead of one minute at the base of the climb to the Alto de Rozavientos.

As expected Demi Vollering (SD Worx Protime) took the race into her own hands on the steep slopes, setting a searing pace that dispatched with all other riders. She bridged to and passed Brand, who was able to keep her own pace and ride with Evita Muzic (FDJ Suez) to the top. Vollering rode solo to the finish, confirming her overall win. Muzic couldn’t hold Brand’s pace on the descent, and the pair separated, ultimately coming across the line in third to defend her second place on the General Classification. Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ) had another strong ride, coming in fourth to finish third overall.

Full results are available below.

 

Final Classification

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