Valentina Scandolara suspended and fined for unsportsmanlike behavior

The Italian racer was penalized after fighting broke out in the women’s race of NCL Cup Atlanta

Valentina Scandolara is cheered on by her Denver Disruptors teammates
(Image credit: Denver Disruptors)

The National Cycling League has penalized former WorldTour rider Valentina Scandolara for unsportsmanlike conduct in the last race of the season, the NCL Cup Atlanta.

Tensions between the Miami Nights and Denver Disruptors NCL teams had been building at the season finale as the series title and the significant prize purse that accompanied the win was still up for grabs. At the end of the women’s race the two teams came to a head and yelling and physical shoving occurred. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.