UPDATED: Audrey Cordon-Ragot listed by UCI as member of Human Powered Health
The UCI listed the French rider on its website Thursday as a member of the U.S.-registered team
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ROUBAIX, France (VN) — Audrey Cordon-Ragot is set to join Human Powered Health and could race Paris-Roubaix Femmes this weekend.
The UCI listed the French rider on its website Thursday as a member of the U.S.-registered team. There is still no official word from the team, but it appears she could race Paris-Roubaix Femmes on Saturday.
As first reported by VeloNews, the French rider was spotted training on the Roubaix cobbles Wednesday, and sources told VeloNews a deal to see her racing in a new team as soon as this weekend was imminent.
In a message to VeloNews (see below), the UCI said it was reviewing the situation with the team and its riders.
Its official listing Thursday opens the door for her to race in a new kit.
She will be a top podium contender. She was eighth in the inaugural edition in 2021, and 27th last year.
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Last month, Cordon-Ragot quit the Zaaf team after she said she was not receiving her salary or travel expenses from the team for months, and quit after she was unwilling to race in those conditions.
“Since the beginning of the year, I was not paid, nor have I been reimbursed for my travel expenses. Beyond the financial aspect, the conditions in which we were evolving were really not worthy of a professional team,” Cordon-Ragot told Le Télégramme.
“I could not continue under these conditions. Three days after the end of the Tour de Normandie (March 22), I submitted my resignation. In terms of staff, we were understaffed. In terms of organization, it was not even at the level of an amateur N1. At one point, I said stop. I think I deserve better.”
The UCI released the following comment Wednesday:
The UCI has received communications reporting alleged issues with the UCI Women’s Continental Team Zaaf. The UCI is in the process of clarifying the situation with the riders, the team and the national federation responsible for the team registration and shall ensure that the applicable rules and procedures are complied with.
The UCI shall consider requests for authorisation to register with a new team before the next registration period in case a rider had manifest and compelling reasons for terminating their contractual relationship with their previous team.