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AG Insurance-NXTG boss: Women’s cycling needs to build its foundations and not just the roof

AG Insurance-NXTG boss: Women’s cycling needs to build its foundations and not just the roof

Women’s cycling has been on a rapid path of development recently, but Natascha Knaven-den Ouden believes that more needs to be done for younger riders.…

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Women’s cycling has been on a rapid path of development recently, but Natascha Knaven-den Ouden believes that more needs to be done for younger riders.

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Women’s cycling has seen some major changes in the last decade with the sport becoming almost unrecognizable compared to just 10 years ago.

Recent seasons have seen the introduction of the Women’s WorldTour series, WorldTeam licenses, plus a plethora of new races. Top-level riders are now afforded a minimum salary that is growing with each year and fans no longer have to rely on a team soigneur or mechanic posting updates on social media to figure out what is going on in the majority of races.

A lot has changed for women at the forefront of the sport, but AG Insurance-NXTG team boss, Natascha Knaven-den Ouden warns against continuing to build at the top and says that more needs to be done to support the lower rungs of the cycling ladder.

“You have to first develop women’s cycling and not from the top but from the bottom up,” Knaven-den Ouden told VeloNews . “It’s like rebuilding a house, but starting with a roof and then the walls are cracking. But when you are building that roof and you put solar panels on it, it’s going heavier and then the walls will break. It comes down when you don’t do anything […]

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