Colombian Women’s cycling team is being discussed at length on the social media websites not for the team’s skill or performance but because of their highly controversial cycling kit. The uniform which the team wore at the Tour of Tuscany was basically a combination of white, red and yellow colors and it had a panel around the lower torso which was flesh colored. Due to this panel, the Colombian team members appeared to be nude.
Pictures of the team members wearing this cycling kit were posted on the social media and majority of the people criticized the uniform as wrong, rude and disastrous. The outburst on the social media forced Brian Cookson’s (UCI’s president) response on Twitter where he said that UCI (International Cycling Union) is investigating the matter. He clearly stated that such cycling uniforms are unacceptable if one has to go by the norms of decency.
The Colombian women’s team that had worn this wrong uniform is IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar. Whether this team was going to wear the same uniform at the Road World Championships (21st of September, 2014) or not was actually not confirmed.
Angie Ariza (designer of this controversial uniform) tweeted that the kit was closely related to the colors of the sponsors and it was not at all scandalous and or grotesque in any way.
Cycling League of Bogota claimed that the kit was designed by Angie, and two sponsors, Solgar Foundation, San Mateo and IDRD (District Institute for Recreation and Sport) had endorsed the design. However, IDRD clarified via Twitter that no one had approached them with the design as such.
The 6 women cyclists who wore these unacceptable cycling uniforms are going to attend a press conference in Columbia to put forward their views. It has been reported that these cyclists have been utilizing the kits since January.
Tour France 2014 green-jersey winner Sagan (Peter) has reportedly signed a 3-year contract with famous cycling squad Tinkoff-Saxo- which is popularly known as leading Spaniard rider Alberto Contador’s team.
The Slovak rider was eagerly waiting for some fresh challenge with Cannondale squad about to merge by the conclusion of this season and hence readily accepted the contract from Tinkoff-Saxo. Cannondale is speculated to merge with Garmin-Sharp.
Sagan had numerous options on his plate but still he chose to opt for this famous Danish squad & the Saxo manager is naturally ecstatic with the new acquisition. “We are extremely proud and happy to welcome and present Peter Sagan here in 2015 on the basis of a long-term 3-year contract”, stated Riis while declaring their link up with the popular Slovak star.
“Peter is undoubtedly one among the huge talents in the cycling zone & is a big name already. He has got a winner mentality , he is pretty visible & active in finales & he undoubtedly has this ability to ensure victories. It would be really thrilling to work alongside him, personally for me. He is a big talent & already pretty strong yet I believe that he holds more potential in comparison to what we have seen from him this far”, Riis continued.
“He still needs to learn more regarding tactical facets of riding to ensure complete optimization of his power yet I feel that we’re completely equipped to assist him develop eve more. In 2015, we would have a super strong team to back him up for the huge wins all through the season.”
Sagan’s biggest achievement this season is surely the hat-trick of Tour France green jersey last moth- apart from his brilliant stage victories at Califoria Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico, Oman Tour, Tour Suisse & E3 Harelbeke.
Defending Tour France champ Froome was relieved to bypass trouble in the 2nd stage of the esteemed cycling championship which witnessed many mishaps along the trail.
A class finish to 201 km long trail from Yorkshire to Sheffield would definitely hit all headlines today as Nibali emerged victorious with yellows jersey yet the stage would also create stir given the series of falls it witnessed yesterday.
Richie Porte, Froome’s trusted lieutenant at the highly honored race, was one of those who met with a crash at the second stage. Fortunately, the Tasmanian rider has recovered quickly.
The Sky leader was just 2 seconds behind from Nibali & looked content post a hard day, packed with 9 categorized climbs.
“Personally for me it was staying away from trouble”, remarked the defending Tour de France champion. “It’s about staying on front & bypassing the big splits & major issues. It was a real tough race.”
The second day of the prestigious race naturally drew thousands & thousands of crowds who were lining up Yorkshire streets and it was the ride at Holme Moss that is sure to etch an everlasting memory for the cycling fans lining there.
Chris Froome expressed great gratitude to the countless fans cheering them as they were riding to Holmes Moss. “The crowd was just incredible”, remarked a content Chris. “For example going up to Holme Moss was real tough & I even had goosebumps. It’s massive, completely massive.”
Geraint Thomas, Froome’s team-mate in Team Sky mirrored similar views while talking about the tough stage. “It was really tough. Once we just turned on right off main road & we still had 35 kms more to go- it’s a true step up”, noted Thomas. “It was a great racing & I feel those trails are truly good.”
Being one of the most amazing Olympian’s ever, Chris Hoy, has brought great pride to Scotland. He has won 6 gold medals for cycling for Team GB.
He was recently interviewed about his take on Scottish independence. However he declined to answer the questions relating to it and support to Great Britain. Despite being hounded by journalists to give his opinion he did not give in. This is probably the same kind of grit that pushes him to be such a great Olympian.
Since his retirement from international cycling, Hoy has started a career in racing. He participated in the SR1 Cup and came in fifth. His car had to be customized to his physique. A cyclists’ endurance comes from the strength of the thighs. He felt being fondled by people in the open air was the downside of being famous.
Chris Hoy’s love for cycling has permeated into other spheres as well. It has not been fixed to the domain of sports alone. He quite recently started a business venture where fix kits are provided along with bikes. He feels that many people (some of whom purchase very expensive bikes) often do not set up their bikes appropriately and as a result end up getting injured. He feels that it ruins the entire joy of cycling especially since most of the time people by really good bikes. The fix kit has been invented to improve the cycling experience of people and avoid mishaps.
On another note, he dislikes being persuaded or pulled into answering political questions. He is ready to work hard in any field where he is driven by passion. His love for cycling and racing will always give him incentive to put in his 100% but he has absolutely no ambition whatsoever to enter the political arena.