E3 Binckbank replaces 'sexist' poster with new design

E3 Binckbank replaces 'sexist' poster with new design

Joe Robinson 13 Mar 2019 UCI threat of legal action forces E3 organisers into promotional material change Organisers of the E3 Binckbank Classic, formerly the E3 Harelbeke, have binned their divisive promotional poster featuring two naked women wearing only body paint, replacing it with a new design showing a sick frog laying on its back. The poster retains the 'Who will crown himself prince in Harelbeke?' tagline but replaces the visual of two women with an animated frog looking the worse for wear. In releasing the new poster, organisers commented, ' Due to "unforeseen circumstances" our frog fell from his throne… But keep our frog in view on Friday March 29th!' The change comes after widespread backlash on social media that claimed the original poster was 'sexist' and outdated. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, then intervened asking for the withdrawal of the poster from all channels with non-compliance being threatened ...

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The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster

Two women, nearly nude, covered in body paint and wrapped around one another to form the figure of a frog. The tagline: “Who shall crown himself prince in Harelbeke?” What is this, you ask? What does it mean? And what does it have to do with bike racing? It was the visual campaign for the … The post The weekly spin: A conversation with E3 organizers about that poster appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Is it time to switch off in protest against sexism?

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2019 As the E3 Harelbeke spits in the face of equality again, is it time we take an extreme approach? Words: Joe Robinson Professional cycling has a big problem and we need to talk about it. No, it's not the 'sportswashing' of rich Emirati states to divert attention from their human rights records, nor the suspicion of motorised doping or even the rumours of micro-dosing and anti-doping law manipulation. We are just 58 days into 2019 and yet I find myself penning a second story this year about professional cycling and its problem with misogyny and sexism. In other words the sport is currently working on an average of one issue per month, and that’s just counting the overt problems such as posters with naked women and lewd photo gestures. Last month, it was a 36-year-old Iljo Keisse of Deceuninck-QuickStep pushing his genitals against an 18-year-old ...

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Is it time to switch off in protest of sexism?

Joe Robinson 27 Feb 2019 As the E3 Harelbeke spits in the face of equality again, is it time we take an extreme approach? Words: Joe Robinson Professional cycling has a big problem and we need to talk about it. No, it's not the 'sportswashing' of rich Emirati states to divert attention from their human rights records, nor the suspicion of motorised doping or even the rumours of micro-dosing and anti-doping law manipulation. We are just 58 days into 2019 and yet I find myself penning a second story this year about professional cycling and its problem with misogyny and sexism. In other words the sport is currently working on an average of one issue per month, and that’s just counting the overt problems such as posters with naked women and lewd photo gestures. Last month, it was a 36-year-old Iljo Keisse of Deceuninck-QuickStep pushing his genitals against an 18-year-old ...

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Pidcock looks ahead after winning Worlds: 'I've done everything at U23. I'm going Elite'

Jack Elton-Walters 2 Feb 2019 Fresh off the podium after winning the U23 Cyclocross World Championships, Pidcock is already looking ahead to a change next season Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Chris Auld Marked as favourite in a strong field, and with his chief rival as the defending champion, Tom Pidcock took the win in the Under 23 category of the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships in the way he does best, solo. It also wasn't the first win of the championships for British riders, after Ben Tulett had won the Junior Men's race earlier in the day. Image 14 of 28 Image 14 of 28 Gallery: Click through to see Pidcock's winning race When asked the obvious question of how it feels to be World Champion, Pidcock first expresses how cold he feels through chattering teeth and a chuckle. But with a glance down at the striped jersey he won just ...

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The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up

As the furore surrounding Iljo Keisse and Deceuninck-QuickStep begins to abate, it's time to consider whether this "stupid moment" actually highlights a much bigger problem. The post The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Compton’s surprise Hoogerheide result a pre-worlds boost

Compton’s surprise Hoogerheide result a pre-worlds boost

U.S. champion Katie Compton says she was holding back at 80 percent during the last World Cup. Her worlds prospects depend on careful pacing. Read the full article at Compton’s surprise Hoogerheide result a pre-worlds boost on VeloNews.com .

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Trek-Segafredo enjoy Australian races but focus turns to Spring Classics

Trek-Segafredo enjoy Australian races but focus turns to Spring Classics

Jamie Finch-Penninger 31 Jan 2019 A positive spell down under for the women's team helps build cohesion in the new squad before a return to European racing The new Trek-Segafredo women’s team has made a bright start to the racing season, winning a number of events on the Australian racing calendar and showing themselves to be one of the teams strong enough to take control of a race against world-class opposition. A new team often comes in with unrealistic expectations fuelled by the optimism of sponsors and staff, but the new squad has surpassed expectations by putting significant pressure on the other teams present, including the in-form Australians that form Mitchelton-Scott . Despite the good early returns, Trek-Segafredo sports director Ina-Yoko Teutenberg has put little pressure on her charges in these preliminary stages for the squad. 'I didn’t want the girls to be super fit here,' said Teutenberg. 'I don’t ...

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Offseason Capsule: Jumbo-Visma

It doesn’t take any Dutch courage to predict a big year Let’s take Andrew’s earlier premise about building a PdC cycling team but instead of having a bespoke team, let’s say you have the choice of buying any team roster in the World Tour with the parameters being you want a versatile, young, international, and winning team. And let’s add one more parameter-- you want a cohesive team, i.e. ruling out UAE. For my money, there is only one team that hits all of those marks. Sky is too focused on grand tours and don’t have a winning sprinter or deep classics squad. Mitchelton-Scott is the Five Below version of Sky. Movistar is the dime store version of Sky. UAE is the dumpster fire version of Sky. AG2R are strong in the mountains and in classics, but lacking a sprinter. Quick-Step have the sprinting and classics on lockdown, but only ...

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Helen Wyman aims to build communities around cyclocross to keep girls in the sport

Helen Wyman aims to build communities around cyclocross to keep girls in the sport

Jack Elton-Walters 11 Jan 2019 Helen Wyman targets 11th Nationals win, and looks to make a community of riders around her Helen 100 initiative Taking the start line as defending champion, Helen Wyman will line up at the Cyclocross National Championships on Sunday looking for an 11th career title. However, regardless of the outcome of that race, she will continue working to improve the future of the sport and in particular the place of female riders within it. The Helen 100 initiative, which saw a whole new category of race introduced at Azencross at Loenhout last month along with the funding of 100 entries to this weekend's races, is part of an overall push to build a community around cyclocross in the UK. 'There are a lot of really good clubs for young riders in the UK, male and female, and they do fantastic jobs but there are pockets of ...

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The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season

Mountain bikers on the road. The debut of a future star. Alternative events. Intra-squad rivalry. The return of a world champion. What follows is a 2019 season preview of sorts, exploring 15 different subjects, stories, and subplots of the upcoming mens’s and women’s racing calendars. The list could have been twice as long. I thought … The post The weekly spin: 15 reasons to be excited about the 2019 racing season appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sunweb’s van Dijk and Rivera go 1-2 in Madrid Challenge GC

Sunweb’s van Dijk and Rivera go 1-2 in Madrid Challenge GC

Thanks to a winning performance in Saturday's team time trial, Sunweb took first and second place in the Madrid Challenge. Read the full article at Sunweb’s van Dijk and Rivera go 1-2 in Madrid Challenge GC on VeloNews.com .

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The next Contador? Enric Mas’ bright future is here already

Supported by At the summit of Monte Oiz, the finish of stage 17 of the 2018 Vuelta a España, the riders found themselves climbing into the fog. With the sun hiding behind clouds, it was hard to see even a handful of metres before you. The people standing behind the finish line were expecting the red shadow … The post The next Contador? Enric Mas’ bright future is here already appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Kate Courtney Q&A: ‘Anything is possible’

Kate Courtney

To Kate Courtney, the rainbow jersey is a reminder that she can beat the best in the world — it is motivation, not pressure to perform. Read the full article at Kate Courtney Q&A;: ‘Anything is possible’ on VeloNews.com .

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Kate Courtney Q&A: ‘Anything is possible’

Kate Courtney

To Kate Courtney, the rainbow jersey is a reminder that she can beat the best in the world — it is motivation, not pressure to perform. Read the full article at Kate Courtney Q&A;: ‘Anything is possible’ on VeloNews.com .

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A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros

James Stout spent a few years drifting around the kermis scene in Flanders under the watchful eye of Staf Boone — one of those names that everyone in the know knows, but many readers will never have heard. We asked him to dig into to the gritty reality of “living the dream” in Boone’s farmhouse … The post A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Short-handed Boels Dolmans win in Plouay with Amy Pieters

Marianne Vos, Amy PIeters and Coryn Rivera on the podium

Amy Pieters ( Boels Dolmans ) was all smiles on the GP de Plouay podium Saturday afternoon after sprinting to victory against Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) and Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb). Normally one of the strongest teams in a race, the Boels Dolmans squad was short-handed from the get-go in Plouay. Due to illness, world champion Chantal Blaak and Anna Plichta could not take the start, leaving the orange-clad team with only four riders.Things seemed to go from bad to worse when Karol-Ann Canuel, one of the team's designated leaders, had to abandon on the first of five laps. But the remaining three riders were strong enough to still leave their mark on the race and eventually take the victory. "We had a small team, but we said to each other 'we have to win today'," Pieters said after the finish. "Skylar [Schneider], Megan [Guarnier] and I raced really well together. ...

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Schneider and Canuel extend for two years with Boels Dolmans

Skylar Schneider at the Boels Dolmans team presentation

Boels Dolmans announced the next pair of riders to extend contracts with the team on Thursday, adding Karol-Ann Canuel and Skylar Schneider to the growing list of riders who have signed contracts with the team through 2020. From Canada, Canuel joined Boels Dolmans in 2016 and has been a key support rider for the team in the last three seasons. She has also had success with being part of the team that won the team time trial world title in 2016 , and this year joined them for the team time trial victory in Vargarda . She has also worn the pink jersey at the Giro Rosa after the team won the opening TTT in 2017 . "I'm super-excited about staying with Boels-Dolmans for two more years," Canuel said. "I just really like this team and I feel at home here. I think we have the best sponsors and I ...

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Five questions with British off-road phenom Evie Richards

Imagine discovering a sport and becoming a world champion three years later. Then imagine repeating that feat. Imagine coming off the first real injury of your life to take the biggest result of your career a few months later. Imagine accomplishing your wildest sporting dream at age 21. Imagine all this, and then imagine admitting … The post Five questions with British off-road phenom Evie Richards appeared first on CyclingTips .

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USA CRITS, San Rafael: Clif Bar, ISCorp put on dominant performances

With all its glitz and glamour, the San Rafael Sunset Criterium did not disappoint. Zach Allison (Clif Bar) and Samantha Schneider (ISCorp) finished off tremendous performances by their respective teams. Schneider captured her fourth USA CRITS win in seven events this season, while Clif Bar finally came away victorious after knocking on the door of … The post USA CRITS, San Rafael: Clif Bar, ISCorp put on dominant performances appeared first on CyclingTips .

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