Date set for Vinokourov trial; Women’s peloton forms own union: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

December 20, 2017

Date finally set for Vinokourov/Kolobnev race-fixing trial; Women’s peloton forms own union seeking fairness, opportunities and wages; Bardet’s early season races announced, Ag2r also names line-up for Australian events; Voigt to run seven marathons in seven days for charity; UCI issues clarification on anti-doping proceedings; Ovett’s six lessons from the Kittel/Haas/Brammeier mini-camp; Video: Dinosaur spectator

Women’s peloton forms own union seeking fairness, opportunities and wages

by VeloClub

Nearly half of the women’s UCI peloton races for less than 5,000 Euros (A$7,700) a year, with 17.5 percent of that group going completely unpaid, and nine out of 10 signed their contracts without any legal assistance. These and other signs of a lack of professionalism in women’s cycling were revealed in two rider surveys conducted this spring by retired pro cyclist and former UCI Women’s Committee member, Iris Slappendel.

Wages aside, the survey showed a critical need for health insurance, career guidance and a trustworthy entity that hears and voices riders’ concerns and protects their collective interests when it comes to contracts, disputes and rider safety.

“We sent out the surveys in February and April to get a sense of the biggest concerns and issues riders face, and if there was any interest or demand for a riders’ union. The response rate was incredible. Riders from every UCI-registered team participated, and we garnered nearly 300 unique responses. The overwhelming message from the women’s peloton was clear: change needs to happen for the sport to grow, and the time is now,” said Slappendel.

The common sentiment was that the two existing rider associations — the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA) and the International Association of Professional Cycling Groups (AIGCP) — are failing to properly represent the women’s peloton. And so Slappendel decided to act.

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