(AIGLE, Switzerland) Anatomically graphic printed uniforms worn by a Colombian women’s cycling team were “unacceptable,” according to the International Cycling Union’s prudish president.
The uniform, with a “revealing” nude image printed in the section between stomach and thighs, was worn by IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders at the Tour of Tuscany in Italy over the weekend. It appears that each cyclist is proudly wearing a uniform printed with an image of themselves without any clothing, thus bypassing any inference of actual nudity as they make a socio-progressive “pro-woman statement.” The meaning of their “statement” and their reasoning went unexplained, however.
UCI President Brian Cookson wrote on his Twitter account that “it is unacceptable by any standard of decency.”
Cycling’s governing body said Monday it investigated the issue.
“The UCI will be sending a letter to the Colombian federation reminding them of their responsibility … in the control of regional and club team kits that compete in international events,” it said in a statement.
It was unclear if the six-member team was intended to be kitted in similar uniforms 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.
“To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case,” the British official wrote. We’re sure they are indeed “looking,” but whether or not they have any precedence to take “appropriate action” remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Citizens of Columbia are fully supportive of the team’s statement, and have been not only donataing funds on a greater level, but snapping up tickets to view them in action. Women’s Cycling in Columbia has never been so popular ….