“Vagina-like” cycling kit freaks out everyone, but designer says no regrets
The nude cycling uniforms worn by the IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders at the Giro della Toscana in Italy since September is still causing a social media frenzy.
The outfit has a flesh-coloured section from the stomach to the top of the thighs, giving the impression the women are naked, which makes some social media commentators to describe the too-revealing-outfit as “vagina-like” and “possibly the worst sports outfit of all time.” One David Farrell, a Tweeter, even thinks it is a stunt: “Surely this must be a prank.”
The president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Brian Cookson, in a tweet, branded the eye-brow raising uniforms as “unacceptable by any standard of decency,” promising that his administration will deal with the case.
To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency.
— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) September 14, 2014
Similar outfits were worn by a male Footon Servetto Fuji squad for the 2010 Tour de France. It raised few eye-brows, but they did not get a hard kick on their bollocks. (Scroll down).
Angie Rojas, a member of IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar, who doubled as the Colombia cycling team kits designer, has defended the outfits:
“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.
“We don’t know why these things happen. But we put out souls into cycling and try to give the best for the country.”
The Giro della Toscana was held in September in honour of Michela Fanini, winner of the 1991 Giro d’Italia and Italian Champion. She died in a car crash in 1994, aged 21.