2024 Tour de Suisse Stage One – Race Report

How the race finished

Demi Vollering (SD Worx Protime) was victorious in the mountaintop finish at Villars-sur-Ollon, with Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) next across the line ahead of Elise Chabbey (Canyon//Sram Racing) who spent the majority of the day up the road solo.
Full results are available below.

How it happened

Starting at 1,200m above sea level and climbing from the start, the peloton rolled out from Villars-sur-Ollon in wet and misty conditions. With the second half of the climb holding the steeping gradients, the peloton remained intact and rode a steady tempo in the opening kilometres. Before any attacks went the pace already saw riders dropping out the back.

The first attack came from the Swiss National team, which was quickly followed by Elisa Chabbey (Canyon//Sram Racing), who went over the top. Kim Cadzow (EF Education Cannondale) and Amanda Spratt (Lidl Trek) initially followed, but Chabbey pushed on solo. SD Worx Protime leader Demi Vollering was forced to pick up the pace on the front of the pace, with Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon//Sram Racing) carefully tracking her wheel. Chabbey went over the top solo with an 8 second gap over the reduced chasing group.

The wet and fast conditions on the descent saw riders shuffling position, with some riding fearlessly to move forward, while others dropped back. Vollering again moved to the front of the chase group, with Kasia Niewiadoma still on her wheel and Elisa Longo Borghini also present. As they entered a flatter second through the town the chasing group swelled again, while Chabbey extended her lead out to 25 seconds.

On the next part of the descent, Chabbey had pulled out more than a minute lead, and continued with such pace that she caught the motorbikes. SD Worx Protime put Mischa Bredewold on the front, but Chabbey continued to extend her lead as she came into the dry roads of the valley. Marie Schreiber (SD Worx Protime) rolled off the font of the peloton, setting off in solo pursuit. Liv AlUla Jayco and Visma Lease a Bike took over the role of riding on the front, but as the riders took the opportunity to remove their jackets, the gap to Chabbey only continued to extend. With Chabbey and Schreiber up the road, Gina Ricardo (Team Bridgelane) surprised the bunch to pop off and pick up the remaining 1 bonus second at the intermediate sprint.

As they started to climb again Chabbey had almost three minutes advantage, and although Schreiber was still out the front, SD Worx Protime came to the front of the peloton, setting a pace to hopefully put team leader Demi Vollering in a position to pull Chabbey back on the steeper parts of the climb. When Schreiber was caught she did a pull on the front, before Bredewold took over, increasing the pace again before she had nothing left.

At 5.7km left to go, Vollering was left on the front alone, and Chabbey was still two minutes up the climb. After Vollering upped the pace Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) took over, immediately stringing things out and drawing only Vollering clear with her. Cadzow led a group of five riders in pursuit behind, then tried to winch her way back solo. With 3km to go, Vollering pressed on, but Realini held her wheel and then came through to do another turn. 

The pair continued to work well together, and pulled Chabbey back with 1.3km to go, where Chabbey immediately upped the pace to make sure she took the remaining Queen of the Mountain points, securing her lead in that classification. After the QOM point Vollering immediately went on the attack, with Realini initially able to follow. As Vollering pressed on the gap began to open, and she powered away solo to the line, taking the stage win and lead in the General Classification. Realini came in second, and after a long day out solo Chabbey held on for third, ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl Trek) and Kim Cadzow.

Stage One – Results

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