Dutch national champion Demi Vollering during stage 3 of Itzulia Women 2024.

Itzulia Women wrap-up: Vollering and co. maintain their 100% record at the Basque race

Vollering added a sixth stage win to her own Itzulia tally, and regained the race lead from her teammate who'd won the first two stages.

Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) on the attack during stage 3 of 2024 Itzulia Women. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 12.05.2024 Photography by
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Before the 2024 race, the third edition of Itzulia Women, one team and just two riders had won every stage since its inception. In its first year, Demi Vollering scored a clean sweep of stage wins and extended that tally 12 months later on the first two stages of the 2023 race, only seeing her reign ended by teammate Marlen Reusser, who went on a long-distance flyer to win the stage by an enormous margin as SD Worx-Protime’s rivals marked Vollering and themselves out of contention.

There was no reason to believe the trend wouldn’t continue this year with both previous winners on the start line, and Vollering herself fresh off a dominant Vuelta Femenina victory.

Dutch national champion Demi Vollering and Swiss national champion Marlen Reusser look relaxed as they await the start of stage 2 of Itzulia Women.
Vollering and Reusser, the only two riders to have won stages at Itzulia Women until Friday.

By the end of three punchy stages, Vollering had added yet another race leader’s jersey to her growing collection with stage 3 victory, while teammate Mischa Bredewold helped maintain the absolute dominance of SD Worx-Protime with back-to-back stage wins on the opening days.

Stage-by-stage results:

Stage 1: Mischa Bredewold
Stage 2: Mischa Bredewold
Stage 3: Demi Vollering

Mischa Bredewold celebrates in the race leader's jersey as she wins back-to-back stages at Itzulia Women.
Back to back for Bredewold on stages 1 and 2.

Final GC Top 10

Quote of the day

“I always really liked this race, so I’m really happy I can win again. It’s amazing, we win every stage three years in a row, that’s incredible. It says something about what a strong team we are and how much we like these kinds of races, to always be very active and take it into our own hands.”

Vollering said after her magnificent solo victory on stage 3
Vollering goes all in on the Mendizorrotz climb, gradually forcing Juliette Labous off her wheel.

Brief analysis:

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