2022 1st Itzulia Women (2.WWT): 13/5 - 15/5

Demi-Goddess obliteration. Once more Lippert is best of those that can't go with Demi's acceleration, only this time it's good for 2nd as Vollering was just too good for anybody else today rather than relying on the 100% chance of beating Pauliena Rooijakkers in a sprint (I love Pauliena, but her sprint is Longo Borghini-esque). Best career GC result at this level for Pauliena, she's been having a great season and a well-earned one as well. She's a rider whose results have never matched up with her talent because her skillset was tilted away from parcours tendencies in women's cycling, and as races have got tougher she's become a more integral part of the team and has worked hard to earn herself her own chances. The important figures for the GC come in in the group with Liane so the GC is pretty much unchanged. Kristen Faulkner therefore gets a GC podium to capitalise on the super form she was showing coming into the race, her second GC podium at the WWT level after last year's Tour of Norway, again a climbing race thanks to the Norefjell MTF, but she hasn't shown the durability just yet, climbing off or crashing out after disappointing mountain showings in both the Giro and Ceratizit Vuelta Challenge last year - but she's a late convert to the sport and so room for improvement is ample and she's starting from a pretty good position in terms of what she's been able to accomplish in her first year on the WWT (although TIBCO, where she's been the last two years, ride a pretty good calendar in fairness).

Final GC:
1 Demi Vollering (SD Worx) NED 10'11'54
2 Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon-SRAM) NED +47
3 Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange-Jayco) USA +1'07
4 Marta Cavalli (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope) ITA +1'21
5 Juliette Labous (DSM) FRA +1'33
6 Liane Lippert (DSM) GER +1'44
7 Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) NZL +1'47
8 Floortje Mackaij (DSM) NED +1'47
9 Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya (Movistar) COL +1'50
10 Veronica Ewers (Education First-TIBCO-SVB) USA +1'50
 

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