Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Vuelta Femenina | Evita Muzic wins stage, Demi Vollering sturdier in red


Before the start, the news emerged that two contenders have no longer resigned: Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Gaia Realini. The first came home from the Ardennes classics sick and appeared not to have recovered enough to continue racing. Realini fell on Thursday and suffered a mild concussion. She also had problems with her chest and right elbow.

Bad luck was on the way for Aniek van Alphen. She fell over a fellow rider’s discarded water bottle and appeared to have suffered damage to her shoulder. The Dutch woman still got on the bike, but had to get off shortly afterwards.

Leading group

After many attempts, a leading group of four riders was finally given space. Laura Molenaar, Fauve Bastiaenssen, Claudia San Justo and Aurela Nerla built a lead to almost four minutes.

The peloton thought it was fine for a long time, but partly thanks to the efforts of Visma | Lease a Bike, they were worth it with 17 kilometers to go. It was just in time for the intermediate sprint where Marianne Vos could take full advantage.


Vuelta Femenina | Vos wins stage 3

Final climb

Things really got interesting when the entire peloton started the climb of La Laguna Negra 6.5 kilometers before the finish. The group quickly thinned out thanks to the efforts of Grace Brown, leaving the best climbers for the day’s wins.

With just under four kilometers to go, Demi Vollering took over the lead herself. The Dutch used a high pace for a long time, so no one dared to accelerate.


Vuelta Femenina | Relief for Vollering, takes the first win of the season and takes over the red


Pauliena Rooijakkers was the first to try, but she didn’t make a seriously big gap. Vollering quickly got the group of favorites back on track.

In the last steep part, only Evita Muzic could follow behind Vollering. The Francaise waited for her chance and dived from Vollering’s wheel just in time. The Dutch had no answer after those enormous efforts.

Yara Kastelijn finished third at fifteen seconds, ahead of Riejanne Markus and Elisa Longo Borghini. The latter lost nineteen seconds to Vollering.

Seventh stage

La Vuelta Femenina continues on Saturday with a hilly stage from San Esteban de Gormaz to Sigüenza over 138.6 kilometers. Classification leader Demi Vollering defends a lead of 56 seconds over Longo Borghini. Markus is third at 1:14. Muzic rose to sixth place. She is 2:42 behind Vollering.


You can follow La Vuelta Femenina from start to finish via Eurosport and discovery+. Can Demi Vollering now take the final victory? The competition is certainly not easy with Elisa Longo Borghini. Also follow our channel WhatsApp!

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