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Strade Bianche Women: the cross-country Puck Pieterse closes in TOP10

Epilogue in the sprint between the two teammates of Team SD Worx. But the 20-year-old Puck Pieterse, MTB and cyclocross expert, is also surprising.

Puck Pieterse white roads
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Epilogue to the photo finish for the Strade Bianche Women Elite Crédit Agricole where an exciting challenge was staged between two teammates, the Dutch Demi Vollering and the Belgian Lotte Kopecky, winner of the 2022 edition. The two athletes of Team SD Worx who they fought until the last meter where Demi Vollering's backstroke made the difference.

U23 European Champion 2022 e silver at the 2023 cyclo-cross world championships among the Elites, the very young Dutch did well in one of the most prestigious classics in the road calendar. The young Dutch finished in 6th place in the middle of the women's cycling cheek.

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Demi Vollering, winner of the 9th Strade Bianche Crédit Agricolehe said at the press conference: “I spoke to Lotte [Kopecky] in the awards tent and she was very happy. There were no problems between us. The ending was exciting for both us and the viewers. I was very confused, I didn't know who won. When the team wins it's always nice anyway. I felt strong today, I thought I could catch Faulkner and jump her on the final climb".

Lotte Kopecky, secondSaid: “Demi and I didn't speak before the arrival. We are both professionals and we both wanted to win. It was nice to fight side by side until the last metre”.

Kristen Faulkner, third, said: “When I saw the pursuers approaching I thought the last 10km would be very tough. Every stretch of dirt road was difficult and my legs got heavier and heavier. The climbs made more difference than the dirt roads. I waited for the sixth sector to attack, I'm happy with my performance".

ORDER OF ARRIVAL STRADE BIANCHE WOMEN ELITE CRÉDIT AGRICOLE
1 – Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) 136 km in 3h50'35” at an average speed of 35.388 km/h
2 – Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) st
3 – Kristen Faulkner (Team Jayco AlUla) at 18″
...
6 – Puck Pieterse (Fenix-Deceuninck) at 2'15”



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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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