Demi Vollering wins the Women’s Tour GC as Balsamo takes her first win as world champion

Stage three time trial the key to Vollering's first top tier stage race victory

Demi Vollering in Felixstowe after claiming victory in the 2021 AJ Bell Women's Tour
(Image credit: SWPix)

Elisa Balsamo took her first win as world champion in Felixstowe on Saturday, the Italian winning the final stage of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour. The 23-year-old benefited from an excellent lead-out in her last race with Valcar Travel and Service, surging clear in the final metres to win ahead of Lorena Wiebes (DSM) and Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo).

The sprint finish concluded a dynamic day in the Suffolk lanes and safe in the Finishing in the bunch, Dutch rider Demi Vollering took the overall win with relative ease, her SDWorx team-mates keeping her safe and working with the sprinters’ squads to hold a five-woman break in range.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.