Vollering Completes Itzulia Hat Trick

Demi Vollering has won the Itzulia for Team SD Worx-Protime, to complete a hat trick of consecutive wins at the race and an undefeated record for the team. In the final stage, Demi Vollering accelerated on the final climb 30 kilometres from the line. The Dutch champion then shook her longest solo break out of her legs and triumphed in San Sebastian. Her victory counter in Itzulia now stands at six victories and two overall wins. Team SD Worx-Protime remains undefeated in Itzulia. “To win every stage for three years in a row is historic. I am incredibly happy with this win. To win with such a solo is memorable,” said Demi Vollering.

Vollering added, “It’s crazy that we won all the stages again as a team. I’m proud that I managed to win the last stage. It’s cool to do it with such a long solo. This was also the plan. I could hardly sleep last night because I was busy visualising my attack on the final climb. If you can dream about it, you can also try to make it happen. So I went full steam ahead. I felt supported by my teammates in the chasing groups. I’m glad I managed to stay in front. That’s pretty special after a 30-kilometre solo.”

“I didn’t have an easy day. I had some stomach problems, but still went for it. That’s exactly why I’m overjoyed with this win. I really love Itzulia, this wonderful stage race in the Basque Country. I have done well here in the past and to win the general classification again is great. No less than three years in a row, we win every stage in this race with Team SD Worx-Protime. That is truly unbelievable. With that, we have made history three times in a row. That says a lot about how strong our team is and how hard we love to play the game and take the race into our own hands. I’m proud of how we accomplished this feat as a team.”

Mischa Bredewold managed to win the first two stages and finished second in the final classification behind Vollering. She said of her teammate’s victory, “It is wonderful in the way Demi Vollering won today. This was also our plan beforehand. I myself am also very satisfied with my performance. The climb went super, even better than yesterday. I fell just short of the top ten over the top, but I expected that. There is no magic button that makes you suddenly pedal 50 watts faster. I tried to get back into the chasing group, then I knew I would definitely make the final podium. Marlen Reusser then helped me with the sprint. I’m very happy with this second place in the final classification.”

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