Demi Vollering contests in sprint at Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

BERG NETHERLANDS APRIL 18 Demi Vollering of Netherlands and Team SD Worx during the 7th Amstel Gold Race 2021 Womens Elite a 1163km race from Valkenburg to Berg en Terblijt Attack Amstelgoldrace amstelgoldrace UCIWWT on April 18 2021 in Berg Netherlands Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Demi Vollering of Team SD Worx finished second at 2021 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

With 2017 winner Anna van der Breggen and 2018 winner Chantal van den Broek-Blaak in its line-up, SD Worx were among the strongest teams at the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition. The team did put a rider on the podium alongside winner Marianne Vos (Team Jumbo-Visma), but it was 24-year-old Demi Vollering who continued her excellent spring season, supported by 19-year-old Anna Shackley, 20-year-old Niamh Fisher-Black, and experienced Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio.

Racing on her 31st birthday, Van der Breggen had not yet fully recovered from an illness the week before the race. She and Van den Broek-Blaak missed the move when Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) pushed the pace on the Cauberg on the antepenultimate of seven laps, 36 kilometres from the finish. However, four teammates made the selection and all played a role in the final.

First, it fell largely to SD Worx to bring back the lone attacker Grace Brown (Team BikeExchange). After a period without much cooperation in the group, Shackley, Fisher-Black, along with Trek-Segafredo’s Ruth Winder and Lucinda Brand went to the front of the peloton, gradually reducing Brown’s advantage until she was caught at the foot of the Cauberg.

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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.