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by Mark Zalewski
April 1, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Pichon wins Route Adélie de Vitré; Indian Pacific Wheel Race mourns death of British rider Mike Hall; Gilbert on his resurgence with QuickStep: ‘I feel good in my skin’; Lizzie Deignan opens up about her experience with British Cycling; Interview with Manzana Postobon manager about Vuelta invite; Boonen says he can still play a role in Flanders’ finale; Sep Vanmarcke ‘If I could get a podium, that would be a surprise’; Devolder ‘If it up to me, this is definitely not my last Tour of Flanders’; Cervelo-Bigla cyclist struck by vehicle while riding from work; No Tour for Dumoulin, all focus on Giro; Van der Poel talks about possible transition to road; Andy Schleck named new chairman of Tour of Luxembourg; Amy’s Gran Fondo expanding for 2017; Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij taking Flanders prep in stride.
Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) is the latest British rider to open up about her experiences of sexism in cycling in an interview with the Guardian about her forthcoming autobiography. She detailed times both on professional teams and while racing for British Cycling. This comes as British Cycling is awaiting the findings of an independent investigation into a ‘culture of fear,’ particularly with female athletes.
In the book she recounted an experience with an unnamed professional team when she was 19. She was woken up at 11:30 p.m. by the manager and told to go downstairs to the bar where they were having an impromptu birthday party for one of the male cyclists. She said she was the only woman and she was “left with no choice” but to take part in a dance competition with the rider on a Nintendo Wii game while all the other male riders sat on bar stools and watched.
“It was only later, when I really thought about it, I thought, ‘No, that wasn’t a laugh,'” she said.
She also spoke of her UCI World Championship title win in Richmond, Virginia, where the British Cycling team manager, Brian Stephens, who had been appointed her coach, was not even there because he prioritised the men’s junior team.
“I was really disappointed, because I’d done everything right going into that competition, and I just needed them to get it right for me on the day,” she said. “And they didn’t. There was a lack of leadership. They let me down big time.”
Click through to read more at The Guardian.