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Re: 2018 Women's WorldTour
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:16 »
And here is my write-up of the podium finishers' reactions:
Pieters: I have been waiting for a big victory for a long time

It's true that it's mostly those 4-6 teams battling for victory. But at least that's more than the total #rabofem domination of years past.
And as Hosking said (though it didn't make it into that article), Alé Cipollini have made it from a small Italian team to an international squad that is definitely a challenger. In time, other teams will reach that level too.

Random observation:
Both here and at Strade Bianche, the second- and third-placed riders were more verbose in their post-race interviews than the actual winners.
I think that some of this has to do with language - though Longo Borghini and Niewiadoma aren't native English speakers, Ryan and Hosking are. And both ELB and Kasia race on teams where English is the main language. But I would have thought that with Dideriksen, Majerus, Deignan, Guarnier etc. the same would be true for Boels.

I left my comment rather unfinished there because I didn't mean to suggest that the situation was somehow disappointing. It is true that there is a better spread of talent today, which makes the racing more competitive, but I wonder how many talented women there are sitting in small teams who could burst through given the means to focus entirely on their sport and benefit from coaching.
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