First racing weekends is out of the way and one thing is for sure: I´m not dissapointed!
2018 is going to give us many good battles and I love following all the races from my sofa.
Weather conditions have been hard and I think that what I witnessed during Strade Bianche on Saturday was probably the worst I have ever seen the female peloton race in?!
To start at 9 AM in light rain with a neutral zone in a descend is harsh… Then hitting the first muddy gravel section already wet and frozen!
The two years I raced that one was also cold but no where close to this years edition.
To be honest I was happy not to be there even though I know that conditions like that was something I used to be really good at.
In both men’s and women’s race you could see riders coming in one and one. The race against themselves was probably the hardest on that day and in my opinion everyone that finished deserved a medal.
Like always it was good live broadcasting from the men´s race and even though we hope every year that it will be possible to watch the women´s too it is still not happening.
Equality is the hot topic these days, but it takes time and we need to be patient.
Looking back on all that has happened in and with the female peloton since I started my career on the higher level in 2005 the changes are massive. Teams are working more professional, riders are smarter and racing more as a team. You don´t see “unfit” girls in lycra anymore and the speed is higher. That they deserve to be live on TV too is clear!
The WWT (women’s world tour) is a step in the right direction getting closer to how the men´s peloton is working but still there is work to do.
Before when I was racing myself I didn´t really care whether it was possible to follow my race live or not but now, being a supporter myself, I totally see what everyone is complaining about.
A recap some hours after the finish it definitely not enough.
To be patient is definitly not my strongest point, so please give us more female cycling LIVE soon!