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Women’s Tour Down Under winner starts Down Under Academy for female cycling development

Women’s Tour Down Under winner starts Down Under Academy for female cycling development

Riding in front of Australian parliament house during the National Capital Tour (Con Chronis) The first winner of the Women’s Tour Down Under, Valentina Scandolara,…

Monday, Jan 16

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Riding in front of Australian parliament house during the National Capital Tour (Con Chronis) The first winner of the Women’s Tour Down Under, Valentina Scandolara, is setting up a uniquely-funded team, the Down Under Academy, for young and developing Australian and New Zealander cyclists to make their way into European racing.

A number of women’s teams have ceased running in recent years around Australia and New Zealand, with young, aspiring female athletes needing to take it upon themselves to organise and support themselves to get a shot at racing in Europe.

Scandolara developed within the Italian racing system and has spent a lot of time out in Australia from when she first joined the Greenedge team (now Jayco Alula), winning the Santos Women’s Tour, the earliest incarnation of the Women’s Tour Down Under, and the Bay Crits twice. Seeing firsthand the talent in local racing, Scandolara is keen to give developing cyclists an opportunity to join an Italian community in her local area near Verona to train and race in European competition.

“Sport shaped my entire life,” said Scandolara. “Cycling in particular, gave me incredible opportunities, brought me everywhere in the world, on the highest peaks and lowest valleys (literally and figuratively) and I am a much better person because of all of that. I’m not done with racing yet, but it’s a few years that I am thinking to start to give back to my sport.

“Growing up in Italy, things are a little bit easier if you want to pursue cycling: […]

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