In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trentin takes his second victory of 2017 Vuelta on stage 10; Hometown hero Van Vleuten wins Boels Ladies Tour prologue; Roche gains time on GC rivals at La Vuelta; Unibet said to be company that walked away from Cannondale-Drapac sponsorship; Eight-year doping ban for Kayle LeoGrande after multiple positives; Chris Hoy apologises after likening Mamils to ‘overweight football fans’; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 10 Vuelta a España; Video: Martyn Irvine on how to come back from a crash; Video: Abrazos. A film about Colombian cycling; Video: Sam Miranda King Valley Tour of King Valley – Day two
Trentin best at Vuelta, Van Vleuten wins, missing sponsor named: Your Daily News Digest
Multiple Olympic and world champion Chris Hoy has apologised after writing an article for the men’s magazine GQ in which he advised Mamils [middle-aged men in lycra] not to wear skintight clothing.
“Personally, I feel sorry for Mamils,” he wrote. “When they walk into a café dressed head-to-toe in Lycra, you’ll always spot people sniggering at them. And yet you don’t know what that person looked like six months or even a year ago. It may be that they were once twice the size they are now until cycling transformed them and they feel great about how they look. Of course, that is the positive way of looking at it.
“The flipside is that Lycra isn’t the most elegant material you can wear and professional cycling gear generally looks awful on pretty much anyone heavier than eight stone and with more than five per cent body aerodynamic fat.”
He also stated that those wearing professional team kit ‘look as ridiculous as an overweight football fan wearing the shirt of his favourite club for a pub five-a-side game.’
Following a chorus of criticism about the article, he has now apologised on Twitter.
As a 14+stone MAMIL myself, this was a tongue-in-cheek article that wasn’t meant to offend (1/2) ????????https://t.co/ludxBQm9QN
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) August 28, 2017
The article can be read here.