Vollering and Van der Breggen miss a podium in Tour of Flanders
After the double victory in the 2020 Tour of Flanders, Team SD Worx was now the only team after the Oude Kwaremont with two riders in the leading group of eight. On the Paterberg, however, Anna van der Breggen and Demi Vollering had no answer to Annemiek van Vleuten’s attack. The team finished with a fifth place for Vollering and eighth place for Van der Breggen.
Of course the team had hoped for more in this important race. “I didn’t really have a very good day,” Vollering was honest after the race. “I didn’t feel well, I wasn’t completely sharp. We didn’t drive that bad as a team, but we couldn’t make the difference like in some previous races. ”
When Annemiek van Vleuten attacked the Paterberg, Vollering was unable to follow. “I didn’t have an answer to her attack and was on a gap for a while. Then we saw her riding, but the cooperation with the other riders in the chasing group was difficult. We really wanted to drive for the win. Anna and I gave everything in the pursuit. Only in the last three kilometres did I save myself a bit to get a short classification in the sprint. However, I started the sprint too early and had already done too much in the race. My legs were completely full, so that why I missed a podium place. ”
Anna van der Breggen eventually finished eighth. “I felt all day that I couldn’t really go very deep,” confessed the world champion, who, like Vollering in Flanders, rode her first race after an altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada. “A day like that is not good to play for victory in the Tour of Flanders. I was able to set the pace on the Oude Kwaremont. On the Paterberg you then know that it is going to happen. When Annemiek van Vleuten managed to get a few metres there, you immediately realise how dangerous it is. When she is driving ahead by herself, everyone in the chase must also drive. That did not happen continuously. Although we still came close to Annemiek. I had hoped to be able to drive for Demi in the last kilometres, but we were unable to bridge the gap. Then you know that there is not much left. ”