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Lotte Kopecky: Women’s cycling won’t grow without minimum salaries

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) in pursuit on the Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kapelmuur in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad 2022

Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) is only 27 but has been in the elite peloton since her first year out of the junior ranks and has risen along with women’s professional cycling amid drastic improvements over the past decade. Speaking ahead of the opening Spring Classic, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kopecky spoke in favour of the UCI-imposed minimum salaries for women.

“They need to be [in place] because otherwise, women’s cycling will not grow,” Kopecky said, adding that riders need to be able to live from pro cycling and not have to work at the same time, “because then there will always be this big gap.”

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