Demi Vollering: I really believe I can beat Annemiek van Vleuten

SD Worx rider talks improving, training earlier, and learning to be the team's leader

Demi Vollering
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The concept of a difficult second album might be a trope, but it is a useful one. When a band produces a much adored first record, following that up with a second incredibly hyped product is tricky, something that many artists have failed to do, from The Strokes to the Stone Roses. The pressure, the expectation is there to perform, to continue an inexorable rise. It seems almost human nature to expect more, continual improvement, that things can only get better.

In cycling, second season syndrome is an all too common event, with riders who have had breakout years struggling to back that; a series of blistering Classics races or a stand out Grand Tour one year does not necessarily guarantee future success, a career for the ages.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.