Team principal Van Vleuten: ‘Women’s cycling calendar sucks’

Team principal Van Vleuten: ‘Women’s cycling calendar sucks’

Annemiek van Vleuten’s team principal at Spanish Movistar, Sebastián Unzué, has been harshly critical of the UCI. According to her, the international cycling federation “scrambled” in putting together the 2023 women’s WorldTour calendar.

The number of bike races has increased from 67 last year to 86 this year, which Unzué says is a worrying development. “The needs or interests of the teams are not taken into account,” he told Cycling Weekly.

First of all, Unzué fears the busy May, including the Vuelta, which will be spread over seven days for the first time in early May.

“Teams have 14 or 15 drivers, and after busy periods in February, March and April, everyone needs five to ten days off. Now things get even more complicated.”

That’s why Unzué turns to the UCI. It is clear that the 2023 calendar will not change, but for 2024 this is one of the most pressing issues in women’s cycling.”

For Van Vleuten, 2023 is his last year as a cyclist, as he previously announced. Last season he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, three Grand Tours (Tour, Giro and Vuelta) and also became world champion in a unique way.

Source: NOS