Vollering is intractable. Last year he won in Labastida, Mallabia and San Sebastián and, in 2023, he can repeat the triplet in addition to taking the general classification. He won yesterday in Markina-Xemein and has repeated today in Amurrio. She jumped to the right of the sprint and was the fastest across the finish line. Most of the favorites fell into that group and barely lost any time. “I am very happy, two for two. The last port (Malkuartu) was tougher than I expected and it has been quite hard for me. I have taken a good wheel and I have managed to arrive with options to then win in the final meters ”, he assured at the finish line. In Amurrio they did not talk about anything else, first thing in the morning, than yesterday’s accident.
Eider Merino (Labor Kutxa) is already at home. The problems caused to Petra Zsanko (Massi Tactic), Letizia Brufani (Bepink) and Lana Eberle (Ceratizit) are not very serious either. The second has been under observation for longer than the others but she is now out of danger. The accident took place in Gontzagaraigane at about 12:30 p.m. The Autonomous Police continue to investigate the accident while Julen Ucin, a doctor at Laboral Kutxa, has confirmed to Diario AS that “Eider will be out for several weeks due to a fractured left elbow.” The organization has also expressed itself through an official statement. OCETA expresses the following.
“The Itzulia Women organization regrets the incident that occurred in the first stage of Itzulia Women 2023 between an Ertzaintza vehicle and four cyclists. The accident was caused by a citizen protection patrol unrelated to the race when it was preparing to provide coverage for an ambulance that did not belong to the race device either. The race safety team stopped the Ertzaintza vehicle when it tried to access the bubble of the race. As the bulk of the race passed, the car resumed its march, meeting the runners head-on and causing the accident. The organization does not know the reasons why the patrol resumed the march. The Ertzaintza has opened an investigation in this regard to clarify the causes, ”says the letter.
“Itzulia Women greatly regrets what happened yesterday. For the organization, the first thing is the safety of the runners, of the race bubble and of all the protagonists that surround it. We hope a speedy recovery of the cyclists involved. The race medical team is in contact with hospitals, teams and runners to track its status. The commitment to safety is unequivocal and we hope that an event like this does not happen again, ”says the organization’s statement.
As for the race, the good breakaway of the second stage was led by three cyclists: Magri (Israel), Vettorello (Bepink) and Novolodskaya (Lifeplus Wahoo). When the race was already passing through the Aiala valley, they were neutralized. In the final stretch of the stage, Claire Steels (Israel) tried with around 45 seconds of gap, but she also defeated her attempt. About fifteen runners played the victory in the straight of the town hall and the fastest was Demi Vollering, which continues in yellow and also supported other classifications such as the mountain or the points. Tomorrow Sunday, third and last stage of the Itzulia Women between San Sebastián and San Sebastián, repeating the route of the Clásica.
SECOND STAGE (VITORIA-AMURRIO, 133 KMS).
1. Demi Vollering (SD Word).
2. Soraya Paladin (Canyon Sram Racing) … mt.
3. Marlen Reusser (SD Worx)… mt.
1. Demi Vollering (SD Word).
2. Marlen Reusser (SD Worx) … at 56 secs.
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon Sram Race) … at 1:05.