Coronavirus: The future of women's teams is in jeopardy

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) winner of the 2019 Women's WorldTour
Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) winner of the 2019 Women's WorldTour (Image credit: Getty Images)

The novel coronavirus has forced the biggest global sports shutdown since World War II, and while it will continue to have an impact on professional cycling, it is expected to hit the women’s teams particularly hard. 

Cyclingnews spoke with Ronny Lauke, president of the newly formed teams union called UNIO, who believes that in the aftermath of the global pandemic where business are struggling, sponsorship funding is cut and jobs are lost, it is possible that some women’s teams will not survive.

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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.