Vale Scandolara is a fan favourite for her exciting racing, and for her friendly and positive personality, and given she’s such a sunny person, it only seems right that she’s escaped the European winter to race in the Australian Summer of Cycling. She told me how Italian bike clothing company Alé enabled her to set up her own team for the Bay Crits, what it felt like being in that final break in the 2015 Road World Championships and to nearly make it, and about her plans for 2016, with her new team Cylance. This includes a bonus extra chat with Vale’s Bay Crits team-mate Julie Leth, who’s back from injury, finally, and just became officially Australian, having won the Aussie Madison Championships with Nettie Edmondson.
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Make sure you follow Vale on her adventures with her twitter and instagram, and keep an eye on her YouTube for the very best rider-made videos out there. And for more Vale, Read her Q&As after she came second on Giro Rosa Stage 3, listen to my longer interview with her from last January. Vale’s 2016 team is Cylance – make sure you check out their website, and follow their instagram and twitter too.
Watch Vale win Bay Crits Stage 3, and talk about it after the stage:
Catch up with all the news, photos and action from the Bay Crits so far on the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic website, and video highlights on SBS Cycling Central – and follow the last two stages with the #BayCrits hashtag, and via the @SummerOfCycling twitter, who’ll also be keeping us updated on the Santos Women’s Tour. There’s a lot more information about the Aussie January races in this podcast with Monique Hanley.
Vale went on to win Stage 3, and you can see photos here.
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