"In Italy you only make a great effort. So much so that when I’m asked for advice on women's cycling, I'll tell them that it is better to stop or not start at all, and engage in another [sport].
"But then I add that if there is desire and passion, then cycling offers excitement and adventure, discipline and character. Being a cyclist is not easy: a young girl who starts, misses work for 14-15 years.
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"There is no comparison. Tennis has come close to equal-awards at the top. In basketball and volleyball, as well as skiing and swimming, there is more attention and space. We are still relegated to the role of extras."
"Me and Noemi will try to ask to speak with the UCI so we can have the same professional contract for the women as the professional men have."
"I’d say that moment has arrived, and has done for a while. Women’s cycling is ready to make important steps. Already in Copenhagen I wanted to speak with the president of the UCI to inform him that my jersey was worth just as much as Cavendish’s [the men's World Champion] one, and to give him a list of reasons why we women deserve more."
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"Italian women give more to cycling than they receive. Our movement is growing in numbers and in value, with results that the men haven’t been able to obtain, at least in the last few years. What are we missing? Structures, from managers to teams, and above all, we’re lacking money and sponsors."
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