Demi Vollering: "I tried really hard. At the beginning of the final climb, [Annemiek van Vleuten] went too fast and I needed to go at my own speed otherwise I would blow up. Then I could not make it so I thought : 'I go my own speed, and maybe in the gravel part, that could suit me, maybe I can come back with her.' But, yeah, I didn't make it, but I was fighting really hard today. [When Van Vleuten got a puncture] We went straight to the front and started riding, also Trek tried but, yeah, I think she was pretty fast back with a teammate's bike. I tried something myself and I tried to say to the girls in our group that we needed to go and needed to ride but they didn't really want to go. So yeah it was a bit sad, I think. But still I tried to put her under pressure so that she would have a hard time, and maybe we could handle her here. I tried everything today to beat her. I'm really happy that I could keep the polka-dot jersey. I knew that if I had the first sprint, then, I would just need to be 2nd here, at least, to keep it. That was also à motivation of course."
Interview July 31 st 2022 - 21:15
"I tried everything"