Last night, after completing all of the rider massages and a lot of their laundry, Sandra, Slipstream’s Irish soigneur, and her American counterpart, Alyssa (also of Irish descent; her surname is Morahan) showed up to dinner in the hotel’s huge dining room. Dressed identically in jeans and dark brown blouses with high ruffled collars, the two were glowing and smiling broadly despite having been working all day without respite. Sandra commented on how great she thinks “the boys” are. She followed by saying, “these boys all say to us: ‘thank you for all of the work you are doing for us!’ Most of the other boys (ie, riders on other teams she has worked for) never say that. And that makes it all worth it.”
She and Morahan went on to discuss the similarities between their jobs and being a mother. “Now you understand why I’m still single,” Morahan chuckled. “I’ve already got 25 kids; I don’t want any more!”
They went on to discuss whether the job prematurely ages them or whether it keeps them young. They ultimately agreed that taking care of “the boys” keeps them young.
Both women are hard-working and impressive. We remember when the 7-Eleven team’s decision to bring a woman soigneur triggered a huge controversy at the Tour back in the ’80s.