Marion Norbert-Riberolle celebrates her under-23 world title at Cyclocross Worlds in 2020. Anthony Leutenegger (@anthonyleutenegger) won the Amateur Category in the 2020 Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards with this shot.
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Postponements continue to feature in the cycling headlines as Thursday brought news that organizers have postponed the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana men’s and women’s races, while the Itzulia Women is listed as postponed on the UCI’s Women’s WorldTour calendar.
In other news, Primoz Roglic has offered some insight into a 2020 season that saw him lose the overall lead at the Tour de France on the penultimate stage before later going on to win his second Vuelta a España title.
Read on for the latest from the cycling world.
Valenciana men’s and women’s races, Itzulia Women postponed
Organizers announced on Thursday that the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana men’s and women’s races have been postponed, while the Itzulia Women has also joined the growing list of postponed events, having been listed as such on the UCI’s Women’s WorldTour calendar.
The men’s Volta a la Comunitat Valencia had been set to run from February 3 to 7, while the women’s one-day had been scheduled for February 7. As of yet, no new dates have been announced. Any new dates for the inaugural edition of the Itzulia Women, which had been set to run from May 14 to 16, are not yet known either.
The events in Spain are only some of the races that have been postponed just this week, joining a growing list postponements for the 2021 season.
Primoz Roglic talks ‘brutal defeat’ at Tour
Primoz Roglic has spoken about the 2020 season in an interview with L’Equipe, offering some perspective on losing the Tour de France in such a dramatic fashion.
“Yes, it was a brutal defeat but more for the people around me,” Roglic said of the 2020 Tour, which Tadej Pogacar won after overtaking Roglic in the stage 20 time trial. “I always look forward and don’t ruminate on results. I now see that second place, which was so frustrating at the time, as something nice. I told the team [Jumbo-Visma] that we won by showing how strong the team was. Of course, we didn’t get that final win but sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. When you have done everything you can, you have to accept it.”
Roglic also noted that the team may have taken an overly measured approach, saying that “in hindsight we were calculating too much as a team. We didn’t ride on instinct, on fun.” In contrast, Roglic noted that Jumbo-Visma rode a less controlled race at the Vuelta a España, which he ultimately won.
This year, Roglic is planning to make another run at the Tour, and he said that his current focus is getting that little bit better to improve on last year’s performance.
CAS deems Nils Eekhoff’s appeal case inadmissible
Algemeen Dagblad reports that over a year after Nils Eekhoff started the process of appealing his disqualification from the under-23 men’s race at Road Worlds in 2019 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), CAS has deemed the appeal case inadmissible.
Eekhoff was the first rider over the finish line in the U23 men’s event in Yorkshire, but was disqualified for drafting during the race. Samuele Battistella was declared the winner. Eekhoff appealed to CAS, but as he told AD, after a lengthy wait, he has learned that CAS would not make a ruling on the issue, effectively leaving him without options. The 23-year-old Dutchman, who put up a few nice results in his first season at the WorldTour level with Sunweb (the team now known as DSM) in 2020, says he is focused on what’s next, and expects to make his Grand Tour debut this season.
Trek-Segafredo ups women’s base salary to match men’s base salary
Cyclingnews reports that Trek-Segafredo has increased the base salary for its women’s squad to match the base salaries of the men’s squad.
As Cyclingnews points out, and with some differences for neo-pros, the current UCI-mandated base salary for Women’s WorldTour pros is €20,000 for employed riders and €32,800 for self-employed riders. The men’s base salaries are €40,045 for riders employed by the team, or €65,673 for those who are self-employed. According to Cyclingnews, Trek Bikes’ Director of Brand Marketing Eric Bjorling said that other than neo-pros, all of Trek-Segafredo’s riders make the men’s minimum or more.
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