Demi Vollering wins stage 1 of the Tour de Suisse Women ahead of Gaia Realini on mountaintop finish

The SD Worx-Protime rider produced yet another dominant climbing performance to take the opening stage and the overall lead of the race

Demi Vollering wins stage 1 of the Tour de Suisse Women
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It was a tough start for the riders at the Tour de Suisse Women, as the four-day stage race got underway with a short mountain stage in the Swiss Alps. It was a familiar sight on the final climb to Villars-sur-Ollon, as we once again saw Demi Vollering and her SD Worx-Protime team dominate the race with an emphatic victory on the opening stage.

After her team finished their final pull in the closing kilometres of the climb , the Dutch rider was hesitant to instantly go on the attack and it was Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) who forced the issue with a move of her own. Vollering followed the Italian rider and they worked together to close the gap to Elise Chabbey (Canyon-SRAM), who was the lone breakaway rider at the head of the race.

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Joseph Lycett

Joseph Lycett is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who contributes to our WorldTour racing coverage with race reports and news stories. Joe is also a keen cyclist, regularly racing in his local crits and time trials.