Demi Vollering slumped to the tarmac beyond the finish line at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and sat still as the emotion began to wash over her. As she made her way towards the podium and linked back up with her SD Worx teammates, the tears continued to flow, and they hadn’t stopped by the time she spoke to the media. 

She was disappointed, of course, to have been defeated by Annemiek van Vleuten in the two-up sprint in Ninove, but the reaction stemmed from her friendship with Amy Pieters, who remains unconscious two months after a training crash.

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