The mistake that helped Vollering win at the Tourmalet

Although it may not seem like it, there are mistakes of your own that can help you win a Tour de France, and if not, ask Demi Vollering. The Dutch cyclist starred in quite an exhibition in the seventh stage of the Women’s Tour de France with Zwift on the mythical climb to Tourmalet. An ascent that Vollering is already known as the patio of his house and even more so after the anecdote that the SD Worx cyclist experienced a month ago in the Pyrenean port.

On July 1, Vollering recognized the decisive stage of the Women’s Tour de France with Zwift together with her boyfriend and manager Jan de Voogd on a day in which they both left Arreau to climb Aspin, descend to Sainte-Marie-de-Campan and then climb the Tourmalet, on a route similar to the last 40 kilometers of this Saturday’s stage, before returning to Arreau again.

However, Vollering had to climb the Tourmalet twice, since her boyfriend forgot his cell phone at the top of the pass. “When Jan forgot her phone at the top of the Tourmalet…”, Vollering headlined her activity on Stravarevealing more details about what happened and confessing that this fact had helped him to get to know the climb better. “And we only realized it when we finished the descent and started to climb the Col d’Aspin again… At least I know the climb very well now.”

Vollering completed that first climb in 1:15:29 at an average of 13.3 km/h, while the second, already in search of the lost mobile, completed it somewhat faster with a time of 1:13:45 at a average of 13.6 km/h to complete a total effort of 126 kilometers and a total of 4,164 meters of positive elevation gain with two climbs to Tourmalet. Some records that Vollering herself shattered this Saturday, completing the climb in an approximate time of 53:34 at an average speed of 18.9 km/h. In this way Vollering, waiting for what happens this Sunday in the 22 kilometers against the clock in Pau, is already cherishing her first victory in the Tour de France … thanks to this mistake in the Tourmalet.

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