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by Mark Zalewski
February 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hermans wins Tour of Oman, stage 2; Valderde wins Ruta Del Sol opener; Gaviria wins first stage of Volta ao Algarve; Riders’ association protests disc brake usage without further safety measures; After a shining Tour performance, Pantano nurturing a big long-term goal; 2017 Paris-Roubaix to feature more cobbles than in 2016; No Cauberg finish for Amstel Gold Race in 2017; 2017 Women’s Tour to finish in London; Inga Thompson returning to cycling to advocate for the women’s peloton; Shane Perkins to race with Russia in bid for Tokyo 2020; Successful surgery for Chris Butler; Abu Dhabi Tour announces provisional start list; ‘One More Brew’ Garburn Winter Cyclocross.
Former professional cyclist Inga Thompson is returning to the sport to work as an advocate for the women’s peloton with the Mission Sports Group.
Inga Thompson (left) finished second at the 1991 UCI Road World Championships in Stuttgart.
“When I was racing I always wanted an advocate just for the women, whatever scope that was. I never felt like we had somebody,” said Thompson.
“25 years later, there’s a really good movement going by two groups in Tucson, Arizona. Mission Sports Group is continuing to do its part to promote the women in our sport.”
A 1o-time national champion, she burst onto the scene in 1984, making the Olympic team after only three months on the bike. She competed in two more Olympics, finished on the podium twice at the Tour Cycliste Féminine and was a three-time runner-up at the UCI World Championships. She retired in 1993 having become one of the most influential women in the sport.
“I see the women in cycling coming together and thought I could help be one of the people that creates that tipping point. I’m sure there are others who have been out of the loop, but who want to be involved in promoting women in the sport. There are a lot of people starting to rally around the women and I want to be a part of that movement. We need to keep this forward momentum and not let it stall out.”