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‘Insanely hard’ is Niewiadoma’s take on gravel racing as winning roll continues

‘Insanely hard’ is Niewiadoma's take on gravel racing as winning roll continues

Kasia Niewiadoma, who has stood on the podium of some of the toughest events on the women’s road calendar, may have shot straight to the top step in the gravel world but has been quick to highlight that it has been no easy ride to the front of the pack.

“I feel like hearing about gravel beforehand I was like oh, sweet we’ll just ride for long and then relax and have fun but it’s insanely hard,” Niewiadoma said after claiming victory at Big Sugar Gravel in Bentonville. “I feel like every single roadie should know that because I know at some points we were like oh, gravel is for people who don’t want want to really race but it might be the opposite.”

Niewiadoma, who has stood on the overall podium of both the Giro d’Italia Donne and Tour de France Femmes, only stepped into gravel racing earlier this month, after noting how much the World Championships course played to her strengths. It was a savvy choice, as although it was just her first race in the discipline she claimed the rainbow jersey and her first UCI win since 2019.

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