‘I thought I won this sprint...apparently not’ - Photo finish leaves Demi Vollering regretting finish line celebration

TV footage from the finish suggested Vollering had won, but the race was much closer than anticipated

The sprint finish for the 2021 women’s Brabantse Pijl title may have left Demi Vollering with a bitter taste, after she missed out on the closest of photo finishes by millimetres.

SD Worx rider Vollering initially looked to have taken victory after a hard-fought 127km of racing in Belgium, as the result came down to a six-rider breakaway sprint.  

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.