Itzulia Women - Demi Vollering wins stage 2

MALLABIA SPAIN MAY 14 Demi Vollering of Netherlands and Team SD Worx Yellow Leader Jersey celebrates winning during the 1st Itzulia Women 2022 Stage 2 a 1179km stage from Mallabia to Mallabia 262m ItzuliaWomen UCIWWT on May 14 2022 in Mallabia Spain Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo MorenoGetty Images
Demi Vollering of Team SD Worx wins stage 2 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) has followed up on her stage 1 victory by also winning stage 2 of the Itzulia Women. A group of five had formed on the category-one climb cresting with 12.4 km to go, and the overnight leader was strongest on the uphill finish, crossing the line two seconds ahead of Olivia Baril (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope), with Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) and Juliette Labous (Team DSM) a few seconds further behind.

Ahead of the final stage, Vollering now leads the general classification by 22 seconds on Rooijakkers and 42 seconds on Kristen Faulkner (Team BikeExchange-Jayco).

 “Today was awesome, I really liked this finish. I tried to get away earlier multiple times because I felt strong today, and then you need to try. In the downhill I felt really confident on my bike and on the wheels, so I went for it but didn’t stay away. When we were in the group, I was in a perfect position because I had three teammates in the group behind, so I could rest a bit,” Vollering said of the final kilometres where she had Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Niamh Fisher-Black, and Anna Shackley in the chasing group.

Vollering explained her success with coming out of the Ardennes classics well and continuing her training: “I was still feeling pretty fresh and kept on training. I have done a big block of training, and it is nice to see how I’m doing here. I hope I can keep the yellow jersey tomorrow, that would be great."

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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.

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