Cycling is really hard, but ballet is even harder ‘- the Swedish rider who was once a ballerina

In Edgar Degas’ paintings of ballerinas, like The Dance Class, the effort of the juvenile ballerinas is clear to the viewer. The young dancers strain for perfection, under the watchful eye of the ballet master. One girl attempts an “attitude” for her examination, while her peers stretch, and their mothers look on.

Ballet was a tough discipline back in 1874, one that requires of its performers a strict lifestyle, very restrictive, and it remains one now, potentially more than that of professional cycling.

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