From sexist to understandable: what the Omloop neutralisation fiasco says about women's cycling

From sexist to understandable: what the Omloop neutralisation fiasco says about women's cycling

Laura Laker 6 Mar 2019 Poor planning, unfortunate circumstances or disregard for women's cycling? Key figures have their say. Photo: Masselis, Flanders Classics This weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad hit headlines in perhaps unexpected ways when Nicole Hanselmann, on a solo breakaway in Saturday’s women’s race, caught up a slow moving men’s field after 30km, causing officials to temporarily neutralise the women’s race, until the gap had widened. Dutch champion Chantal Blaak later put in a powerful, and perfectly-timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to win the women’s race , and although Hanselmann was philosophical over finishing in 74th place, some questioned the race organisation's decision in that moment, while others called it 'sexist'. Hanselmann, a Swiss rider who races for Team Bigla, wrote on Instagram: View this post on Instagram Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for ...

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