Vollering’s Attention Turns to Liège-Bastogne-Liège

“The Wall of Huy never lies,” said Demi Vollering after her second place in the Flèche Wallonne. With that, the Dutch champion indicated that this time on the steep final climb there was one rider stronger than her – the eventual winner, Kasia Niewiadoma. Nevertheless, Vollering of Team SD Worx – Protime will draw confidence from her race performance and this result as she moves on to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. “I felt strong the whole race,” she concluded.

“I tried to find my own rhythm on the final climb,” Vollering said. “This year it was for Kasia Niewiadoma. It was a somewhat easier edition of the Flèche Wallonne than previous years. We missed five tough climbs in the finale compared to last year.”

“It’s nice for Kasia to win now. She is always strong and always attacks in races. Kasia had the punch to get away. I was hoping her legs would explode in the last hundred metres so I could come back. But she was very strong.”

Vollering set the pace from the foot of the Mur of Huy. “This is not a climb for a plan. I tried to make the climb as long and as difficult as possible. I tried to go from the foot to the top. However, there was one rider better.”

Last year, Vollering managed to win the Ardennes Triple – Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The first two races did not quite fall in her favour this year. The Amstel Gold Race was unfortunately neutralised after a serious accident and only 55 kilometres remained after the restart. “As a result, it didn’t become the tough race I had hoped for. But I can understand the organisation’s decision. When someone’s life is at stake, cycling is a sideshow. In the Flèche Wallonne, the course change is not in my favour. With the extra climbs that were still in it in recent years, the race would certainly have been better for me.”

When questioned whether the lack of a win now creates extra pressure for her going into her favourite race Liège-Bastogne-Liège Vollering replied, “No, that’s a completely different race. Liège is always very tough. I’m satisfied with my form and looking forward to Sunday!” Only time will tell whether it will be third time lucky for Vollering.

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