Demi Vollering solos home to win Itzulia Women opener

Demi Vollering opened the defence of her Itzulia Women title with an emphatic solo victory on stage 1 in Markina-Xemein.

Marlen Reusser made it a one-two for the Dutch outfit SD Worx, finishing 46 seconds behind her teammate with Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-Sram) in third. Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) finished in fourth on the day unable to live with Vollering on the final climb.

The Dutchwoman accelerated at the foot of the Urkaregi (5.8km at 4.6%) with Niewiadoma in her wheel before accelerating away from her and the rest of the peloton 12.6km from the finish.

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James Moultrie
News Writer

James Moultrie is a gold-standard NCTJ journalist who joined Cyclingnews as a News Writer in 2023 after originally contributing as a freelancer for eight months, during which time he also wrote for Eurosport, Rouleur and Cycling Weekly. Prior to joining the team he reported on races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia Donne for Eurosport and has interviewed some of the sport’s top riders in Chloé Dygert, Lizzie Deignan and Wout van Aert. Outside of cycling, he spends the majority of his time watching other sports – rugby, football, cricket, and American Football to name a few.

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