As the old saying goes, if it wasn’t for bad luck, Coryn Labecki would have no luck at all.
She has endured two bouts of COVID-19 in the space of four months and suffered three punctures while riding high at her debut Paris-Roubaix. It’s not been the ideal start to the American star’s time at new team Jumbo-Visma .
“I’ve come to learn that every year is different,” Labecki told VeloNews in an exclusive interview.
“And it’s funny because everyone usually just compares you to your best years. Then if you haven’t won anything, you’re just gone, off the map. But I think that’s just part of my journey and my story in cycling. And I work hard every day to try and get back to that level I was at in 2017 and 2018.”
In those seasons, Labecki (née Rivera) had a striking breakthrough at the highest level, winning nine races, including the Trofeo Binda, Tour of Flanders, Women’s Tour and the U.S. national road race.
“I think I’ve definitely matured over the years,” she adds. “Having a lot of bad luck after those first two years was pretty tough to deal with, trying to figure out what I really wanted.“Through the pandemic, I realized how cool the job that I have is. So, in that regard, I kind of had a rebirth of my love of what I do here, in cycling. I think I’m more appreciative and grateful for the opportunity. And I just have to keep working […]