A Colombian women’s cycling team defend their choice of uniform which has led to criticism from the International Cycling Union president and online commentators, and said they would not stop wearing flesh-colored uniforms that earned them criticism from the International Cycling Union president.
The cyclists gave a news conference in the capital Bogota wearing the uniforms which have a flesh-colored section between stomach and thighs.
Angie Rojas, one of the team members, said that: “I’ve already said that I designed the uniform and as an athlete, as a woman, as the cyclist that I am, I wouldn’t be ashamed with this kind of design”.
The president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Brian Cookson, said the uniforms were “unacceptable by any standard of decency.”
The uniforms were worn by the IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders at the Tour of Tuscany in Italy over the weekend.
They have led to online comments such as “Colombia’s women’s cycling jerseys are unintentionally vagina-like” and “Worst Uniform Ever!”.
It is unclear if the six-woman team was intending to wear a similar uniform next week while representing Colombia at the road world championships in Ponferrada, Spain.
Pictures of the team shared on social media prompted Cookson’s response.