Colombian cycling team to keep flesh-coloured uniform

18/09/14

Members of Colombia's women's cycling team Ana Cristina Sanabria, Luz Adriana Tovar, Argenis Orozco, Angie Rojas, Lina Duenas and Laura Lozano

A Colombian women's cycling team has said that it will not stop wearing its flesh-coloured uniforms.

The cyclists held a press conference in the capital Bogota wearing the kit, which has a flesh-coloured section between stomach and thighs.

"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," said Angie Rojas, one of the team members.

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.

Cycling League of Bogota President Carlos Ferreira

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 led to Cookson's response.

He said: "The UCI will be sending a letter to the Colombian Federation reminding them of their responsibility regarding article 1.3.046 in the control of regional and club team kits that compete in international events."

Former British Olympic champion Nicole Cooke wrote on Twitter: "This has turned the sport into a joke. Girls stand up for yourselves - say no."

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