Demi Vollering also aims for overall win in Tour of Burgos

Demi Vollering also aims for overall win in Tour of Burgos

“I'm racing on instinct again"


Demi Vollering hopes to continue the line in the Tour of Burgos, after taking three stage wins and two overall victories in La Vuelta and Itzulia Femenina earlier this month. The Dutch champion is also aiming for the overall victory in Burgos. “These victories in Spain do provide some relief somewhere. I knew my condition was good, but the confirmation only comes when you win. Now I'm riding more relaxed again. However, you are only as good as your last race, so of course in the Tour of Burgos I will go for the overall victory again.”

Linked race Vuelta a Burgos 2024 - Linked cyclists Demi Vollering - Gekoppelde ploegleiders: Anna van der Breggen

“It's nice that in the Spanish block I opened my victory counter in 2024,” said Demi Vollering, who now has five wins to her name. “In the spring it was often 'just off' for the win, so this is kind of a relief. I knew I had to stay patient. Hard work is always rewarded. Only you don't know when, so it's important to stay calm. After the overall victory in La Vuelta Femenina, I just wanted to have a relaxed race in Itzulia. That race lends itself to it. The thing is that once you get your first win, you immediately feel more confident and relaxed. You trust your instincts faster. Otherwise you ride a little more carefully anyway.”

The spring without a win did not cause Vollering to hesitate. “The advantage is that my plan of action is always the same, win or lose. I give myself as little as one day to enjoy a win or be disappointed about a defeat. For example, on Monday night after the Vuelta, I was already thinking how I would approach my next goal, Itzulia. The fact that I managed to win this Tour of the Basque Country with a 30-kilometer solo in the final stage is very special. That was a good test for myself. You go into a kind of time trial mode pretty quickly and are mega focused on your bike during such a solo. I hope I get to compete in time trial at the Olympics. I don't know yet if I will be selected, so I hope I scored extra points with this solo. The Olympics and the Tour de France Femmes are my main goals this season.”

But first, then, the Tour of Burgos, where Team SD Worx-Protime is aiming for stage wins and the overall win. “I'm especially looking forward to racing with Lorena Wiebes again. I like working toward a sprint. Putting down a good lead-out is a team effort and I get a lot of satisfaction from that. This is a different kind of challenge and gives me freedom to race in a different way by controlling and sprinting. There's a lot of adrenaline involved. It's nice when you can drop your teammate in a perfect position for the finish. That's what I love about cycling as a team sport. On a climb, you usually do the last bit alone.”

Vollering can complete the triptych of Spanish stage races in Burgos. “I'm not so concerned with that. Tour of Burgos normally always suits me. Only the course has changed. The tough final climb to Lagunas de Neila is no longer in the final stage. Instead, there are two climbing stages. I'm already looking forward to those, but as I said, I live from goal to goal. And that is first Thursday hopefully piloting Lorena Wiebes perfectly to stage win. I hope for a successful Tour of Burgos with as many successes as possible for Team SD Worx-Protime,” Vollering concluded.

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