Despite training and racing in three different disciplines she still finds time to champion the cause of all cyclists and of women in particular. A member of the UCI Athletes’ Commission since its inception in 2011, she is also determined to raise awareness of the value of women’s cycling.
“We are getting more recognition but women’s cycling still lacks media coverage. I think people want to watch but it’s a hard job to follow it. There is still a step to make. Coverage is the problem.”
Marianne Vos was one of the women athletes behind a petition calling for a professional women’s field to be allowed to compete in the 2014 Tour de France in conjunction with the men, albeit with different start times so as to be sure that the racing remained separate.
“Did I really believe that it would be accepted for the three weeks of the Tour de France? Maybe not. But we wanted to speak out. The spectators are already there, the officials are there, the media is there. I have a passion for road cycling and I feel we (women) can add to an event. It is so interesting to watch.”"
"— Boels R. Ladies Tour (@ladiestour)
The final stage of the 2013 Boels Rental Ladies Tour - Tatiana Guderzo & Annemiek van Vleuten fought it out to the line.
‘’At home, I wasn’t able to tell with dry eyes that because of back problems I’ve gotten the advice from doctors and the team management to sit out the Holland Ladies Tour. I feel really bad for the people who’ve worked to make sure that the finishline of the second last stage is in my own municipality. They’ve done that for me.’’
‘’My left side didn’t do as I wanted anymore, the treatment in hospital (on the inflammation of the sacroiliac joint) has helped, but the inflammation is still there for a part. I was startled when the doctor told me such an inflammation is caused by overloading the body, and if I wanted to continue racing on this level, I had to take more rest. I will still do the world championships cyclocross in own country, but I will take more rest (talking about the upcoming CX season).’’"
In the comments on this week’s racing, Confused Cycling has translated and interview with Marianne Vos, on why she’s not racing the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.
I do hope she can sort out her back problems - I’m really sad for her, because she races as much as she does because she really, really love it….