Vuelta a Burgos Feminas stage 2: Demi Vollering storms to victory and race lead atop Alto de Rosales

Évita Muzic and Karlijn Swinkels finish second and third, respectively, as Vollering continues her domineering run of form in Spain

Clock14:01, Friday 17th May 2024
After a tricky start to the campaign, Demi Vollering has taken to Spain with a fury in recent weeks

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After a tricky start to the campaign, Demi Vollering has taken to Spain with a fury in recent weeks

Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) continued her Spanish hot streak, triumphing atop the sharp hill-top finish on stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas.

Having recently claimed the overall titles at the Vuelta Femenina and Itzulia Women, the Dutch champion moved into the leader’s jersey at the four-stage race, after powering away from her rivals in the final kilometre of the Alto de Rosales.

Évita Muzic (FDJ-SUEZ) crossed the line four seconds later for second place, while Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ) grabbed the final podium spot at nine seconds.

The 123km stage threatened to split apart on the exposed roads and uncategorised climbs inside the final 30km, but it would all come down to the Alto de Rosales, a 3.8km climb with an average gradient of 5.2%.

SD Worx-Protime led the way but Marlen Reusser, who’d worked earlier in the day, was unable to contribute and so it was down to sprinter Lorena Wiebes to set the pace for Vollering on the first half of the climb. When the gradient ramped up, Wiebes fell away and Muzic’s FDJ-SUEZ looked to take control, reducing the bunch to 20 riders with a kilometre to go, but Vollering soon took matters into her own hands.

The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift champion issued a searing acceleration with 900 metres to go, to which only Swinkels and then Muzic, who was slightly caught napping, could respond. When Vollering kicked again on the steepest section of the climb, though, she was away, and after being winless before May, racked up her sixth victory of the month.

In terms of the overall classification, the climb was not long or hard enough to create big gaps on the general classification, which remains tight. With bonus seconds at the finish for the top three, Vollering now leads the race by eight seconds over Muzic and 11 seconds over third-placed Swinkels, who for the second day in a row picked up two further bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint.

How the race unfolded

It was a wet and windy day in Burgos, making for a tough 123km route from Briviesca to the top of the Alto de Rosales. The only other categorised climb on the route was the category 3 Alto de Barcina after 30km, where Dominika Wlodarczyk was first to the top to claim the maximum collection of mountain points.

There was no true breakaway by that point and one would only form deeper into the second half of the parcours, when four riders went clear to open a lead of a couple of minutes over the peloton. The riders up the road were: Antri Christoforou (Roland), Marta Romeu (Laboral-Kutza), Miryam Nuñez (Primeau Vélo-Groupe Abadie), and Valentina Basilico (Eneicat-CMTeam).

They didn’t last all that long, though, as the pace ramped up in the peloton and they were brought back with 33km to go, at which point Katrine Aalerud (Uno-X) came down in a small crash. The pace was high because the course was coming towards not only an uncategorised climb, which started to stretch the peloton, but also a particularly exposed zig-zag through open countryside.

Already lined out from the climb, the descent, and the narrowing of the road, the peloton started to split into several groups. Movistar’s Sara Martín attacked off the front and drew out representatives from Canyon-SRAM, Visma-Lease a Bike, Lidl-Trek, and EF Education-Cannondale, putting pressure on SD Worx-Protime.

The attacks and splits, however, came back together as the race came out of that dangerous section and hit the intermediate sprint at Mozares, where Swinkels had her UAE teammates lead out but was pipped to the line by Soraya Paladin (Canyon-SRAM).

Another uncategorised climb with 20km to go saw the action kick off again, with a number of riders clipping off the front of the bunch. At first, a move of nine went, which eventually swelled to 17, but that particular fire was put out by Reusser, who drilled and stretched out the bunch as she brought Vollering back to the head of affairs.

Despite a couple of further attacks, the race settled down on the approach to the final climb, with SD Worx-Protime leading through the right-hand bend that signalled the start. Reusser quickly slipped back, leaving Wiebes to do the pacing as the bunch started to thin out on the gentle lower slopes. Wiebes took it to 1.7km to go, where the gradient ramped up, and FDJ-SUEZ took command for Muzic.

The bunch properly thinned out, to just 20 riders, and Vollering was alone with no teammates, but she decided attack was the best form of defence, and hit out before anyone else had a chance. With 900 metres to go, her vicious acceleration was only matched by Swinkels and Muzic, but when the gradient really started to bite, she delivered more seated power and eased away from them to celebrate another victory in this run of May Spanish success.

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Race Results

1

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VOLLERING Demi

Team SD Worx-Protime

3H 05' 23"

2

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MUZIC Evita

FDJ-SUEZ

+ 4"

3

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SWINKELS Karlijn

UAE Team ADQ

+ 9"

4

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RÜEGG Noemi

EF Education-Cannondale

+ 13"

5

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CHABBEY Elise

CANYON//SRAM Racing

"

6

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PERSICO Silvia

UAE Team ADQ

+ 19"

7

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BORGHESI Letizia

EF Education-Cannondale

"

8

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PALADIN Soraya

CANYON//SRAM Racing

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9

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LIPPERT Liane

Movistar Team

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10

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WYLLIE Ella

Liv AlUla Jayco

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