SD Worx blast ‘unjustified’ time penalty given to Demi Vollering at Tour de France Femmes

Dutchwoman docked 20 seconds in the overall standings after slipstreaming team car

Demi Vollering racing at the Tour de France Femmes
(Image credit: Getty)

SD Worx directeurs sportifs Anna van der Breggen and Danny Stam have criticised the time penalty dealt to Demi Vollering on stage five of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

The team’s leader was given a 20-second penalty after she slipstreamed behind her team car during the stage. The incident came with around 65km remaining, after Vollering suffered a rear wheel puncture. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.