Tearful Demi Vollering wonders what might have been as Annemiek van Vleuten dramatically wins gripping Vuelta Femenina

Vollering fought hard to overcome the deficit to her fellow Dutchwoman, but it wasn't enough

Demi Vollering at Vuelta Femenina
(Image credit: Getty)

Demi Vollering was in tears at the end of the Vuelta Femenina after narrowly missing out on the overall title in dramatic circumstances.

Needing to overturn a deficit of 1-12 to overnight race leader Annemiek van Vleuten, the SD Worx rider attacked the world champion with five kilometres left to race on the steep slopes of Lagos de Covadonga.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.