'The coach has damaged cycling for personal interests' - Urška Žigart's agent joins Pogačar in harsh criticism of Paris Olympics snub

BORRIOL SPAIN FEBRUARY 16 Urska Zigart of Slovenia and Team LIV AlUla Jayco prior to 8th Setmana Ciclista Volta Comunitat Valenciana Femines 2024 Stage 2 a 117km stage from Borriol to La Vall dUixo on February 16 2024 in Borriol Spain Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Urška Žigart at the Volta Comunitat Valenciana Femines 2024 (Image credit: Getty Images)

The saga around Urška Žigart’s snub from the Slovenian Olympic road cycling squad for Paris 2024 has continued, with agent Alex Carera stating that the national coach "has damaged cycling” by not picking their best rider.

Žigart is both the Slovenian national time trial and road race champion - winning the latter by over 10 minutes - alongside being the highest-ranked rider. But she was left out of the two-rider team in favour of Eugenia Bujak and Urška Pintar, a decision that left her fiancée Tadej Pogačar “So gutted” and with “no words”.

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James Moultrie
News Writer

James Moultrie is a gold-standard NCTJ journalist who joined Cyclingnews as a News Writer in 2023 after originally contributing as a freelancer for eight months, during which time he also wrote for Eurosport, Rouleur and Cycling Weekly. Prior to joining the team he reported on races such as Paris-Roubaix and the Giro d’Italia Donne for Eurosport and has interviewed some of the sport’s top riders in Chloé Dygert, Lizzie Deignan and Wout van Aert. Outside of cycling, he spends the majority of his time watching other sports – rugby, football, cricket, and American Football to name a few.