Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) says that she welcomes the longer, 170.3km fourth stage of the upcoming Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile – also known as the Giro Rosa.
“Finally, we’re being taken seriously,” she said, “and they don’t think our uteruses will fall out if we ride long stages.”
Speaking in a video interview, Uttrup Ludwig spoke about her chances at the Giro Rosa – which starts in Grosseto, Tuscany, on September 11 and runs over nine stages until September 19, when it finishes in Motta Montecorvino, in Puglia, in south-east Italy, on September 19.
“I hope to have good legs – I think everyone does – and I hope that we as a team can come together, as this is my first year on the team, and it takes something else to do a stage race like the Giro,” Uttrup Ludwig said.
“I hope to be at the sharp end of the race. I feel like I’ve had a good build-up to it so far, and I’m just ready to put the hammer down,” she said, using what has become the 25-year-old’s catchphrase since an interview with her following the 2019 Tour of Flanders went viral.
While Uttrup Ludwig can’t really take sole credit for helping to popularise modern-day women’s cycling, despite her numerous impassioned interviews – and that ‘Bam! Let’s put the hammer down!’ Flanders one, it certainly hasn’t done her own popularity any harm.
“After that Flanders interview, I’d be out training and people would shout, ‘Cille – put the hammer down!’ and I think it…
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