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“Hopefully we will be more behind the wheel”

"Hopefully we will be more behind the wheel"

Every morning in La Vuelta, Irati (29 years old) appears leading the Trek bus, one of the most outstanding World Tour teams on the cycling scene. She is their driver, and together with the Liv Racing driver they are the two in the entire peloton (there are two others in the boys). The Navarrese, from Movistar, joined the American team in 2020. He did it as a masseuse. “I’ve always liked driving, and one day the team told me if it seemed like a good idea for me to take charge of the bus. I got down to work, I got my license for it and here we are”says Irati.

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With so much running and traveling, he spends “180 to 190 days” away from home. “People are surprised when they see me arrive with the bus. In urban areas it is more normal. Hopefully we’ll be more behind the wheel here. Women’s cycling is growing and suddenly I arrive and I am almost alone”, she says. In addition, he continues to sporadically do his work as a masseur. Trek runners Deignan and Wiles recently became mothers. Another, Van Djik, is pregnant. “In addition to the leave, they respect your full salary,” concludes the driver.

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