"I had a great feeling from the initial meetings with the team," Vollering said. "The SD Worx team management expressed their admiration and also outlined a clear plan for the next few years. This was something I could totally get on board with."
Vollering, 23, is a rising talent and surprised everyone last year with her top-ten finishes in the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where she was third. She also won the Giro dell 'Emilia last year.
This year she was part of the winning breakaway at La Course where she finished in third place behind winner Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) and runner-up Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv).
“I was really, really happy, the start of the season was a little bit hard for my feeling because I wanted to stand there [on the podium] earlier, but that didn’t go as I wanted," Vollering said of her La Course performance."This third place was really, really nice and a little bit of a confirmation from last year.
"Last year, was also a really good year, and then you need to see how it goes this year, and this year I’m already on a WorldTour podium, that’s really cool.
“I feel that I’m already a lot stronger than last year, but also tactically in the races, I feel that I am getting to know the riders better and better, that’s really nice. Now, I sprinted with Lizzie and Vos, and I didn’t sprint against them last year. In the future, when I sprint with them I know a little bit more what to do.”
Vollering said she would like to focus on both the Classics and major stage races such as the Giro Rosa, which is held this year from September 11-19, and the possible future women's Tour de France.
"The Giro Femminile will certainly be a challenge, and, of course, it's great that a Tour de France for women will be organised from 2022. I'm already looking forward to it," she said.
Director Danny Stem said that he see similarities between Vollering and Anna van der Breggen, who is set to retire from racing and become a sports directeur at the end of 2021.
"Over the next few years, we think Demi can grow into a rider who could follow in the footsteps of Anna van der Breggen," Stam said. "In the Classics, she has already proven her class, but she also has the potential to compete with the best in stage races."
Vollering had a permanent contract with Parkhotel Valkenburg for 2021. However, a mutual agreement between Parkhotel Valkenburg and SD Worx permitted Vollering to make the transfer early.
"I'm very grateful to Parkhotel Valkenburg and the team for their trust over the past few years. I'm also delighted that the team helped to make this move work," Vollering said.
Vollering's early departure is the second this year, following the mid-season transfer of Lorena Wiebes to Sunweb in June.
Vollering was also announced to the Dutch team for the upcoming Imola World Championships. The team will also include defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten, Van der Breggen, Marianne Vos, Chantal Van den Broek-Blaak, Amy Pieters, Ellen van Dijk and Floortje Mackaij.
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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