Coryn Rivera: Rolling with the punches

Coryn Rivera of the United States riding for Team Sunweb reacts after winning Stage 3 of the Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women's Race empowered with SRAM from Elk Grove to Sacramento on May 13, 2017 in Sacramento, California.
American Coryn Rivera won stage 3 at the 2017 Amgen Breakaway From Heart Disease Women's Race empowered with SRAM (Image credit: Getty Images)

Coryn Rivera had a turbulent season, not just because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but also because of illness and a concussion that forced her off the bike just as she was finding her form. At the launch of newly-named Team DSM, Rivera spoke to Cyclingnews about learning from a difficult year, becoming the veteran rider on her team, and her goals for the Tokyo Olympic Games and World Championships in Flanders in 2021.

"You can definitely learn from hard years," Rivera said. "You learn more from harder years than you do in good years; how to react and keep hope when the crap hits the fan, like when COVID-19 happened in early March, and no one thought anything was going to happen. Then we had a calendar, races happened and a few still got cancelled. For the most part, the revised calendar played out. 

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