Demi Vollering dictates the law and sovereignly wins Flèche Wallonne

Demi Vollering dictates the law and sovereignly wins Flèche Wallonne

"I really wanted this one on my palmares"


On top of the Mur de Huy, Demi Vollering triumphed after an impressive last ten kilometres. In it, the Dutchwoman took the initiative herself and single-handedly reduced the leading group to an elite group on the Côte de Cherave. At the foot of the Mur de Huy, Vollering attacked with a strong acceleration that she kept up to the top. A sovereign victory after she also won the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. "This is such a tough climb. It always scares me a bit that it won't work. It's fantastic to take the win here."

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Flèche Wallonne was a race Demi Vollering had pointed out before the season. "I had really peaked at this moment. I was nervous, then. I wanted it so badly to win here, so it brought pressure. In the race, I didn't really feel super, but the girls made me believe it was possible. They rode so hard in the lead that I was able to hurt myself even more."

Ten kilometres from the end, Vollering went to shake the tree himself. "Anna van der Breggen had indicated to me to attack already on the Côte de Cherave, but I didn't have enough self-confidence to go full on already. Consequently, I did increase the pace so I could hopefully hurt the others already. At the Mur de Huy I accelerated as agreed already at the bottom. I didn't realise I was creating a gap right away either."

After which Vollering held on and triumphed atop the Mur de Huy. "This is a fantastic feeling. This climb is so tough, I wanted to triumph here one day. I still can't believe I finally managed to win here. The form is really good, so of course I now hope to compete for the win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège as well."

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