Demi Vollering aware Tour de Romandie Féminin finale 'quite a hard stage'

NYON SWITZERLAND SEPTEMBER 17 LR Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Poland and CanyonSRAM Racing Team on second place race winner Demi Vollering of The Netherlands and Team SD Worx Yellow Leader Jersey and Marlen Reusser of Switzerland and Team SD Worx on third place pose on the podium ceremony after the 2nd Tour de Romandie Feminin 2023 Stage 3 a 1108km stage from Vernier to Nyon UCIWWT on September 17 2023 in Nyon Switzerland Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Final GC podium (L to R): Katia Niewiadoma of Canyon-SRAM Racing on second place, race winner Demi Vollering of Team SD Worx and Marlen Reusser of Team SD Worx on third place (Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

In the end, Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) could celebrate overall victory at the Tour de Romandie Féminin, but it was a hard-fought one. The Dutch super-team had to fend off a flurry of attacks in the last 25 kilometres, lost Niamh Fisher-Black’s white jersey and missed out on the stage win.

“I knew that it would be a battle. I looked at the roadbook and saw that it would be quite a hard stage, and that a lot of girls can handle this kind of stage pretty well. Then you know that you have even more girls to watch out for, and that’s really hard because you want to defend the GC. We did very well, I think, but it was a hard job,” Vollering said after the stage.

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.