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World gets in a tizz over… a strange kit
A photo of the Colombian women’s team at the Giro Toscana sparked much discussion over the weekend, with the first page of a Google News search for “women’s cycling” returning only links to the story and no less a figure than UCI president Brian Cookson taking to Twitter to reassure the world that the UCI is investigating.
The kit appeared to feature a rather unusual flesh-coloured section around the midriff, giving the impression – in one or two photos, at least – of being transparent, which led some media to call it “the worst kit ever” and even ask if it was a “triumph for sexism.” However, other photographs showed that the questionable section was not in fact see-through nor even flesh-coloured: it was in fact gold, and the effect had merely been a trick of the light in the photo that caused the stir in the first place.
“The UCI will be sending a letter to the Colombian Federation reminding them of their responsibility regarding article 1.3.046 in the control of regional and club team kits that compete in international events,” the UCI stated.
“To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency,” tweeted Cookson, whose presidential campaign included a promise to take more seriously the wide range of issues that affect women’s cycling, issues that really are unacceptable by any standard of decency such as races which offer women prizes a mere fraction of those offered to the men, the lack of a minimum wage for female riders even at the top level of the sport, the failure of many national federations to provide real support to women’s cycling and so on.
It seems none of the English-language press has bothered to ask the Colombian riders what they think about the kit, but they’re said to be “distraught” over the attention they’ve received – and, interestingly, the Spanish ABC.es website claims that the kit was designed by one of the riders, Angie Tatiana Rojas.
Current National 10-mile TT Champion Hayley Simmonds (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa) finished just outside the Top Ten at the Chrono Champenois on the 12th, taking 11th place 2’22” behind winner Hanna Solovey of the Ukraine. Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) was second at +9″, Katrin Garfoot (Australia) was third at +28″.
Lucy Coldwell (Maxx-Solar) was 35th at the Giro Toscana, finishing the General Classification in 35th place 3’18” behind Shelley Olds (Ale-Cipollini), who also won the Prologue and Stage 1 and was third in Stage 2. In the Prologue time trial, Lucy was 32nd at +14″; in Stage 1 she was 60th at +2’37″and in Stage 2 she was 11th, finishing just 26″ behind winner Malgorzata Jasinska (Ale-Cipollini).
At the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour, Giant-Shimano’s Lucy Garner was 45th in the Prologue time trial, finishing 1’27” behind winner Annemiek van Vleuten, then scored a great result in Stage 1 with fifth place just 6″ behind van Vleuten, who again won. Her team was second in Stage , a team time trial, finishing 43″ behind Rabobank. In Stage 3, which saw her climb one place in the General Classification, from 36th (+4’51”) overall to 35th with the same time deficit. In the final stage, featuring several ascents of the notorious Geraardsbergen climb, Garner finished 45th, 2’34” behind Rabo’s Anna van der Breggen. Her final General Classification placing was thus 31st at +7’22; Annemiel van Vleuten won with a total time of 8h52’40 while Van der Breggen was second overall at +27″ and Thalita de Jong, also of Rabo, was third at +41″.
Norwegian riders halt race to protest World Championship
British Cycling recently announced that it would not send any riders to compete in the Women’s Individual Time Trial at the World Championships as it doesn’t believe any British rider would be in with a chance of winning a medal. The Norwegian Federation has done the same thing, deciding to send three riders to compete in the Road Race but none for the ITT or Junior event.
The entire fifty-strong field of the Norges Cup signed a letter in protest against the decision prior to the start of the race, but then decided that in order to really register their disapproval they needed to do more: “The peloton stopped the race after 50m in protest to the women’s Worlds selection in Norway ,” explained Karl Lima, manager of the Norwegian Hitec Products UCI team.
After remaining still for a minute, the riders continued with the race.
Rabo-Liv have announced that Thalita De Jong, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Anna Knauer, Roxane Knetemann, Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Sabrina Stultiens will remain with the team.
Shelley Olds (previously Ale-Cipollini) is going to Bigla, as are Annemiek van Vleuten (from Rabo-Liv) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (from Hitec Products).
Matrix-Vulpine are signing Lucy Martin (previously Estado de Mexico-Faren), (Epic-Scott) and Christina Siggaard (Firefighters Upsala CK), who took second place in the Danish National Road Race Championships this year. More details, and confirmation of extended contracts for other Matrix-Vulpine riders) here.