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Demi Vollering on Vuelta Femenina Victory: “It’s really nice to finish off like this”

By Monica Buck

Tour de France Femmes champion Demi Vollering has claimed her second Grand Tour title with a remarkable performance at the Vuelta Femenina. Riding for SD Worx-Protime, Vollering secured her overall victory on the final stage with a solo break, winning by a margin of nearly two minutes.

The climactic stage eight saw Vollering break away with 6 km remaining, showcasing her strength on the uphill finish. This bold move enabled her to expand her lead in the general classification to one minute and forty-nine seconds over her closest competitor, Riejanne Markus of Visma-Lease a Bike.

Reflecting on her triumph, Vollering shared, “It’s really nice to finish off like this. We did a really good tour here: some podiums, two stage wins. I think we can be really proud of ourselves.” This victory was particularly sweet for Vollering, who had narrowly missed the title last year, losing to Annemiek van Vleuten by just nine seconds.

Vollering also dominated in the mountains classification, further establishing her as the race’s top climber. Meanwhile, Marianne Vos of Visma-Lease a Bike secured the points classification, and Mireia Benito of AG Insurance-Soudal was recognized as the most combative rider.

Looking ahead, Vollering is optimistic about the upcoming season, stating, “I hope I can do some other really nice stage races, of course. I’m looking very much forward to the rest of the season.”

As the cycling world turns its eyes towards the next challenges, Vollering’s victory at the Vuelta Femenina solidifies her status as a formidable force in women’s cycling.

Vuelta Femenina 2024 Results – Stage Eight (Districo Telefónica Madrid to Valdesquí, 89.5 km)

  1. Demi Vollering (Netherlands) – SD Worx-Protime: 2:43:06
  2. Évita Muzic (France) – FDJ-Suez: +29 seconds
  3. Riejanne Markus (Netherlands) – Visma-Lease a Bike: +33 seconds
  4. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Netherlands) – Fenix-Deceuninck: +53 seconds
  5. Ricarda Bauernfiend (Germany) – Canyon-SRAM: +56 seconds
  6. Juliette Labous (France) – DSM-Firmenich PostNL: +1:00 minute
  7. Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) – Lidl-Trek: same time as above
  8. Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) – Canyon-SRAM: same time as above
  9. Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands) – Fenix-Deceuninck: +1:10 minutes
  10. Kim Cadzow (New Zealand) – EF Education-Cannondale: +1:28 minutes

Final General Classification

  1. Demi Vollering (Netherlands) – SD Worx-Protime: 20:30:55
  2. Riejanne Markus (Netherlands) – Visma-Lease a Bike: +1:49 minutes
  3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) – Lidl-Trek: +2:00 minutes
  4. Juliette Labous (France) – DSM-Firmenich PostNL: +2:58 minutes
  5. Évita Muzic (France) – FDJ-Suez: +3:15 minutes
  6. Ricarda Bauernfiend (Germany) – Canyon-SRAM: +4:33 minutes
  7. Niamh Fisher-Black (New Zealand) – SD Worx-Protime: +5:14 minutes
  8. Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands) – Fenix-Deceuninck: +5:27 minutes
  9. Pauliena Rooijakkers (Netherlands) – Fenix-Deceuninck: +5:42 minutes
  10. Kim Cadzow (New Zealand) – EF Education-Cannondale: +6:19 minutes