"Winning before your big goals is always good" - Demi Vollering completes Tour de Suisse domination and heads to Tour de France full of confidence

Completing an emphatic and dominant victory at the 2024 Tour de Suisse Women, Demi Vollering took a third stage win in four days on Tuesday afternoon. As such, the Dutchwoman heads to the defence of her Tour de France Femmes title full of confidence.

"I did indeed win three of the four stages. To be honest, I didn't see that coming. I didn't expect it, especially in this last stage," the Team SD Worx - Protime leader reflects in her post-stage interview, having taken the stage 4 win from a reduced sprint. "It was really cool to sprint for victory again. That was a while ago, but it gives a very good feeling. I like it."

Although Team SD Worx - Protime have had more competition in the early part of 2024, of late they have been back to their dominant best. Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes dominant in the UK at RideLondon Classique and the Tour of Britain and now Vollering herself confirmed her strong legs with a destructive display in Switzerland. Ahead of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes, it looks a very tough challenge for the rest of the peloton to deny Vollering a second successive Maillot Jaune.

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Vollering celebrating her 2023 Tour de France Femmes victory

"It was a great battle with the other ladies. It is very nice to also win the final classification, since this is a kind of home race for me. These were very nice stages and this final victory makes me very happy," Vollering continues her post-Tour de Suisse reflection. "In the Tour de France Femmes we will also have a lot of climbing stages, so it is extra nice to have worked on the feeling here for a while. Winning climbing competitions before your big goals is always good."

"It was not up to me to set the course. It was racing from a nice starting point. Lidl-Trek did make progress, but I am happy that the ladies of our team managed to return. They were there for me continuously after that. I am extremely grateful to them for that. They kept pushing until the end," Vollering concludes. "The Tour is my main goal of the year, but we also have the Olympic Games for that. That is always very special. After the Tour there is also the World Championship, which will be organized this year in Switzerland. So of course I'm also really looking forward to that."

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