Abandoning Giro della Toscana

It’s always a sad thing to miss out on European race days, but we (the female racers) needed to make a powerful statement. The safety conditions of this race became progressively worse as the week went on. I confess that at first, I had no problems with the craziness of this Italian race. I just thought that’s how it was supposed to be. After hearing the opinions of Marianne Vos and Georgia Bronzini, I realized the conditions were crazier than usual.

I can’t count the number of times ¬†I heard my competitors scream obscenities and perform sketchy¬†maneuvers in order to avoid colliding with an automobile(s). Instead of focusing on the race, we were playing one giant game of wack-a-mole. Each racer a mole; each automobile a hammer.

I can only hope this boycott has sent a powerful enough message to race organisers and the UCI. Our safety should be of the utmost importance, because the idea of a bike race means nothing without us.

An article on the entire debacle by a fantastic writer, Jen See:

http://www.bicycling.com/news/pro-cycling/riders-abandon-giro-della-toscana-over-safety-concerns

Press release from Orica-AIS’s director, Martin Barras, about the meeting between the riders, directors, race organiser, and UCI officials:

http://greenedgecycling.com/news/in-his-own-words–ds-martin-barras-on-withdrawing-from-toscana

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