Elisa Balsamo, from Italy, won the final stage of the relocated 2021 Women’s Tour of Britain in Felixstowe, when 24-year-old Demi Vollering sealed a comfortable overall victory in the week-long event.
Vollering, from the SDWorx team, finished on the main field after Balsamo, drove for Valcar-Travel & Service, jumped double stage winner, Lorena Wiebes, from Team DSM, and Chloe Hosking, drove for Trek-Segafredo. This was the first success of the world tour of the 24-year-old Dutch rider in general and came thanks to her impressive performances in the time trial on stage three.
“I won the race in the time trial,” Vollering said. “I made a big hole and that made it all easier for us. We just had to check it out. Vollering finished more than a minute ahead of Team DSM’s Juliette Labous in the overall standings, while Clara Copponi of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope finished third.
The Women’s Tour of Britain, postponed from the original date of June to October due to the pandemic, has now established itself as one of the most prominent women’s races on the calendar.
Lizzie Deignan, winner a week ago of the inaugural Paris-Roubaix women’s edition, spent the week racing in support of teammate Hosking, one of the strongest sprinters in the women’s peloton.
“This is obviously a very prestigious race and I’m glad it’s been postponed and not canceled,” said Deignan, who finished 48th in the overall standings. “We tried to win a stage every day, which did not happen, but that is cycling. It’s really fun to be able to repay your teammates for the work they’ve done for you. I was just disappointed that we could not deliver a profit. ”
Deignan is one of those eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the revitalized women’s Tour de France next Thursday, alongside the route of next year’s men’s race. After years of lobbying by leading figures in the peloton for women, including Deignan, ASO, promoters of the Tour de France for men, the route of the eight-day women’s stage race, scheduled for July 24-31, 2022, will take place in Paris reveal.
When asked what kind of Tour Route, they hope Deignan answers: “A bit of everything. I’m not one of those riders who says ‘it has to be the toughest race’. I think every type of rider will hopefully spend their day there. “I think it will be best for women’s cycling if we have a mix of stages.”
In northern Italy, British Adam Yates finished third in Il Lombardia, as double Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar joined Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault in an exclusive club of riders who both finished the Tour de France as Tour of Lombardy won in the same year. It was the 23-year-old Slovenian debut appearance in the Italian Classic.