Demi Vollering is a professional cyclist currently racing for Team SD Worx. A classics rider and climber by specialist, she has become one of the most versatile and powerful riders in the peloton, consistently performing in the races that feature ascents. In her palmarès feature races such as La Course By Le Tour de France, Tour de France Femmes, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Strade Bianche Donne, Women's Tour and Itzulia Women.
Name: Demi Vollering
Birthday: 15 November 1996
Birthplace: Pijnacker, Netherlands
Turned Pro: 2019
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Demi Vollering was born on the 15th of November 1996 and has established herself as one of the best climbers and classics riders in the women's peloton. Part of an incredibly prestigious Dutch field, Vollering is one of the new faces of an upcoming generation. Vollering currently has a contract with Team SD Worx until 2024. It is estimated that at La Planche des Belles Filles at the Tour de France Femmes 2022, she averaged 5.33W/kg for 24 minutes. It could further be estimated that her FTP would be around 5-5.1W/Kg.
Vollering began her professional career in 2018 with the SwaboLadies.nl team in which she took her first steps closing in on wins in the pro peloton, finishing second at the Tour of Uppsala's final stage, and finishing four times inside the Top10 of stages at the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche. Vollering was signed by Parkhotel Valkenburg in 2019 and was an immedia success finishing 7th at Amstel Gold Race, 5th at Flèche Wallone and 3rd at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The month after she took her first pro win at the Festival Elsy Jacobs where he finished second - with a 5th place at the Women's Tour right after.
Later in the season she would prove her talent further in the hilly terrain, finishing 5th at the GP de Plouay and winning the Giro dell'Emilia ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini. So, in 2020, she was was one to watch in the peloton at the very biggest races. This year saw her finish on the podium of the podium of the Volta Comunidad Valenciana, La Course by Le Tour de France and Flèche Wallone, aswell as also performing in the late-season cobbled classics, revealing further talent.
In 2021 however Vollering broke through as she joined Team SD Worx. She finished second at both Brabantse Pijl and Amstel Gold Race, after 5th at the Tour des Flandres and 6th at Strade Bianche. She concluded her spring classics campaign with a win at Liège-Bastogne-Liège beating an elite group of riders in the final sprint. Vollering then finished 3rd at the Vuelta a Burgos, but struck gold once again with a win at La Course by Le Tour de France where she once again took advantage of her explosivity to win in the hilly finale into Landerneau.
Vollering then rode to 3rd at the Giro d'Italia, 5th at the Simac Ladies Tour, 3rd at time-trial European Championships and 5th in the Road Race aswell as 7th in the World Championships, and conquered the Women's Tour late in the year where she also won the decisive time-trial in dominating fashion. The spring of 2022 was not too different with a win at Brabantse Pijl, and podium finishes at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Amstel Gold Race Flèche Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liége.
The consistency and level were there, but she backed those up by winning all three stages and overall classification at Itzulia Women soon after. She won the queen stage and finished 3rd at the Vuelta a Burgos aswell in Spain. As the Tour de France Femmes returned Vollering was one of the contenders to the win, but there was little she could do to match Annemiek van Vleuten in the high-mountain stages. Nevertheless she rode to second in the overall classification, aswell as finishing runner-up in both final stages. She finished 3rd at the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, another strong resut to her season.
2023 was the season that stamped the legend of Vollering. The Dutch rider was the star of the season, part of a Team SD Worx which dominated a lot of the calendar. Vollering's climbing abilities were superior to the rest of the peloton throughout several of the races in the calendar. She enjoyed wins at the Strade Bianche Donne and Dwars door Vlaanderen early in the year. At the Ardennes classics she achieved a massive achievement, winning Amstel Gold Race Ladies, Flèche Wallone Féminine and Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes. She had given a taste of her climbing abilities however she was going to put that into use when the stage-races came along.
Vollering was the winner of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, Dutch national championships and Tour de Romandie Féminin, however it was her triumph at the Tour de France Femmes which highlighted her season. SD Worx were overwhelmingly dominant in the French race which has taken on another level when it comes to exposure. The 26-year old was the winner of the queen stage to the Col du Tourmalet on stage 7 which was the defining day when it came to the decision of the yellow jersey.
Furthermore Vollering finished second at the World Championships and Tour of Flanders behind teammate Lotte Kopecky, Itzulia Women and Tour de Suisse Women behind other teammate Marlen Reusser, at La Vuelta Feminina behind Annemiek van Vleuten after she was caught off guard during a pee break.
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