Demi Vollering: I would have loved to win, for Amy

NINOVE BELGIUM FEBRUARY 26 Demi Vollering of Netherlands and Team SD Worx on second place poses on the podium ceremony after the 17th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2022 Womens Race a 128km race from Ghent to Ninove OHN22 FlandersClassic WorldTour on February 26 2022 in Ninove Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Demi Vollering (Image credit: Getty Images)

Demi Vollering slumped to the tarmac beyond the finish line at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and sat still as the emotion began to wash over her. As she made her way towards the podium and linked back up with her SD Worx teammates, the tears continued to flow, and they hadn’t stopped by the time she spoke to the media. 

She was disappointed, of course, to have been defeated by Annemiek van Vleuten in the two-up sprint in Ninove, but the reaction stemmed from her friendship with Amy Pieters, who remains unconscious two months after a training crash.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.