Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dorleta Zorrilla stakes claim for being cycling's first female sports director

Women rarely, if ever, get a chance to lead a professional men's squad from the team car. Equipo Euskadi decided to do something about that this past weekend.

Dorleta Zorrilla, former road rider and the erstwhile girlfriend of the late Víctor Cabedo, works for the Fundación Euskadi Ciclista and got the chance to call the shots from the team in Sunday's last stage of the Vuelta a Burgos. Together with main DS Aritz Arberas, Zorrilla oversaw the young team's admirable performance in the five-day race.

In the picture below from Equipo Euskadi's Twitter account, Zorrilla is about to get to work in the team car that still carries the colour of the team's former blue guise.

Post-race, Arberas was more than pleased with his 'protégé'.

"Dorleta Zorrilla did very well in her first race as a DS. The first known female team director!", he wrote on his account.

Photo: www.arsuguabicicletas.com

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