Vollering Victorious In La Vuelta

Demi Vollering has won La Vuelta Femenina with a supreme performance in the final stage. The Dutch champion from Team SD Worx – Protime attacked in the mountain stage on the final col at 6.3 kilometres from the finish and still managed to build a lead of 1’ 49” over Riejanne Markus. In claiming the stage, Vollering also secured the win in the final classification. After her victory in the Tour de France Femmes last year, this is the second Grand Tour that Vollering has to her name.

Vollering said after her impressive win, “The team did a good job all day. Of course in such a tough mountain stage it is still a bit nervous. I didn’t find this last climb super tough. There was headwind again, but it wasn’t super steep. There was a part where we had the wind at our back and you could pace yourself. There I thought – I have to attack to make sure I have an advantage on that stretch. After all, then the rest will have to chase me again later in the headwind. It’s nice that I was able to increase my lead later on the climb and thus win this stage as well.”

“To end the Vuelta this way is fantastic. As a team we rode strong here all week. With two stage wins, the overall victory and some podium finishes, we can be proud of ourselves as a team. This overall win is hopefully a good ‘start’ for this summer. I hope to ride some nice stage races first here in Spain and then in the Tour de France Femmes in the coming months. With the red jersey in my pocket, I am ambitiously looking forward to the rest of the season!”

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