Procycling

Danny Stam, SD Worx

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Demi Vollering triumphed overall on general classifica­tion at the Women’s Tour, setting it up with victory on stage 3’s individual time trial. With the rest of the week mainly consisting of flat stages, she and her SD Worx team controlled the race to ensure victory.

We are always pleased with a win and it’s always welcome when you have a WorldTour stage race win. I think after Roubaix it was pretty nice that we could finish it off at the Women’s Tour. The time trial was the key point from the week, but she already had a bit of an advantage from the stage before where she was in the breakaway with Amy [Pieters] and she took 42 seconds on her biggest competitor­s. Then she finished the time trial one minute ahead, and the last three days were not the most difficult, because the weather conditions were pretty fine, and that helps a lot. The last three days were more keeping it under control and trying to bring it home in a good way. We knew that the time trial was the key point of the race, so we thought we would get a little bit of time before that. Then we would see how it went in the time trial itself, and after that make a new plan. I think the plan was pretty clear when we saw the time trial. I expected that she should be on the podium, but winning by one minute, we didn’t expect that. It was a surprise that the gap was that big. Normally when you have more wind, then it would be more difficult to keep the race under control, but the final days were pretty easy.

Winning by one minute, we didn’t expect that. It was a little bit of a surprise that the gap was that big.

 ?? ?? Demi Vollering rolls home in the blue leader’s jersey at the Women’s Tour
Demi Vollering rolls home in the blue leader’s jersey at the Women’s Tour

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