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Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) has won the women’s Strade Bianche in a photo-finish sprint against her own teammate Lotte Kopecky. The two riders joined forces on the final gravel sector, Le Tolfe, when Kopecky attacked out of a group of favourites and bridged to Vollering who had attacked a few kilometres earlier.
Together, they closed a one-minute gap on Kristen Faulkner (Team Jayco-AlUla) who had gone solo with 32 km to go, reaching the US rider on the steep Via Santa Caterina and going past her.
Vollering was first to the corner at the top of the climb, Kopecky went past 300 metres from the finish, but Vollering came back on the Piazza del Campo and won the teammates’ sprint with a well-timed bike throw.
Vollering learned that she had won from a TV interviewer, and went on to thank her teammates.
“It was a crazy final. We did very well as a team, the other girls rode super strong today and did everything, Mischa, Niamh, Anna Shackley, Elena, they all did a super good job and then the final playing with Lotte was really cool. I attacked and felt like ‘this is the moment’ and just went how we discussed because this was the plan, too. Then, suddenly, Lotte was with me, and that was very nice, it’s just teammates together and then you can also go a bit deeper together,” Vollering said in the…
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