Annemiek van Vleuten: We need more riders, bigger rosters

NINOVE BELGIUM FEBRUARY 26 Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands and Movistar Team Women competes during the 17th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2022 Womens Race a 128km race from Ghent to Ninove OHN22 FlandersClassic WorldTour on February 26 2022 in Ninove Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images)

Movistar Team Women employ 14 riders but with the expanding number of race days on the Women’s WorldTour, and with Giro d’Italia Donne and Tour de France Femmes in July, star rider Annemiek van Vleuten believes team sizes needs to grow in future to adequately meet the demands of the calendar. 

In an interview with Cyclingnews, Van Vleuten said women's teams will begin to feel strained because of the smaller rosters, especially if hit by the almost inevitable sport-related injuries or illnesses. "It's tight, we need more riders," Van Vleuten said.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.