Willie Smit says ProTeams treated as inferior by WorldTour pros

Burgos-BH rider Willie Smit compares the treatment he receives in the peloton compared to when he was a WorldTour rider last year

Willie Smit at the 2020 Vuelta a España (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Willie Smit has spoken out about the inferior treatment suffered by ProTeam riders, saying some members of the Vuelta a España peloton have judged him by his jersey, and not what he is capable of as a rider.

The South African is riding the Spanish Grand Tour for ProTeam Burgos-BH, the 27-year-old having previously spent two seasons riding for WorldTour outfit Katusha-Alpecin before the team folded at the end of 2019.

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