Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 12, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Paris-Camembert; The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead; Scarponi to replace Aru in Giro after knee injury worse than initially believed; Alaphilippe out of Ardennes Classics with injury; Wout Poels out of Ardennes with knee injury; BMC closes out Belgian Classics without Van Avermaet; Quinziato announces retirement at end of 2017; Sunweb regaining riders injured in early season; Montana legislature removes proposed bicycle fee amendment from bill; Researchers study why cyclists break road rules; Video: The bike is just a detail; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; Video: Tour de Yorkshire promo.

The Status of Women’s Pro Cycling – Part 3: Owning the Road Ahead

by CyclingTips

The Outer Line published the third and final part of it’s analysis of women’s pro cycling, including four recommendations for helping it progress forward, including the formation of both a women’s rider union and women’s teams association in order to pressure the UCI and race organisers for effective change. Previously the series included a discussion with recently retired pro Iris Slappendel. Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Iris Slappendel (UnitedHealthcare) chases Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv) across the cobbles, but wouldn’t able to reach her before the peloton reeled her back in.

When the 2017 Tour de France race route was recently presented to the public, its companion race for professional women – “La Course” – was shifted out of the global spotlight of finishing on the Champs Elysees on the iconic final day of the Tour, and moved to a one-day mountain challenge in an isolated part of the Alps. This change is both a tangible and a symbolic step backwards; even the L’Etape du Tour (the annual one-day Tour de France fan appreciation sportif ride) is longer and arguably tougher than this proposed event – which is supposed to be the premier annual women’s one-day professional race.

This women’s race to the top of the mountain perfectly mirrors the broader challenges faced by women’s professional cycling. In this third and final article in our series, we look ahead and suggest how women can change the longer term future direction of their sport.

Any roadmap for the future of women’s cycling must first include a significant overhaul of the sport’s governance structure. There clearly can be no forward progress without uprooting and eradicating the culture of sexism which still affects the women’s peloton. But transforming this entrenched culture, across all levels of the sport and the various national cycling Federations, won’t be easy. Pro cycling has yet to really assess and understand the full scope of the problem.

However, momentum for change is building, as more women athletes move into management roles in the sport, and as high-profile cases are brought before the healing light of public scrutiny – such as last year’s inquiry into British Cycling’s abuses of power, and USA Cycling’s recent shakeup of its track program. In light of these developments, the disclosures in the first two parts of this series, and more general “lessons learned” from long-term observation of the sport, we propose at least four distinct recommendations for change.

Click through to read more at The Outer Line.