Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 17, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding under threat; British Cycling board minutes illustrate desire for cover-up; Critérium du Dauphiné announces route, alternative Alpe d’Huez ascent; Démare says he has nothing to defend about Sanremo win; Vanmarcke on the mend, will miss Sanremo; Barguil out of Sanremo with ankle injury; Meares considered consulting Hoy over retirement; Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line; Driver charged after confrontation with cyclists caught on video; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: The Garners; FWDSET: Movement; Pici Bici – The Collective // Matic.

Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line

by CyclingTips

Recently retired pro cyclist and fashion designer Iris Slappendel has launched her own line of cycling clothing called IRIS.

Iris Slappendel (United Healthcare) chases Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv) across the cobbles, but wouldn’t able to reach her before the peloton reeled her back in.

No stranger to designing cycling wear, the retired Dutch champ also designed the women’s World Cup and WorldTour leaders jerseys and also designed the Olympic kit for the Dutch national team.

“I am excited to announce the launch of my very own cycling apparel and accessories brand, I R I S – I Ride In Style. I began thinking about starting my own brand during my professional cycling career, and now the time has come,” the former Dutch champ said.

“Starting from the ground up, I want to build a contemporary label and I want to do it my way. But most importantly, I believe that technical function must not inhibit style.

Another important point for Slappendel is equality. “Men and women are different in many ways, but on the bike we have the same goal: we want to feel great. Just as I have an equal consideration for performance and style, I design with equal consideration for the needs of men and women.

“The best feeling is to break away from the peloton and ride your own race. We are all cyclists and we are all unique. That’s why all my collections are limited editions and all handmade accessories are one of a kind.”

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