AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The president of the International Cycling Union says the flesh-colored uniforms worn by a Colombian women’s cycling team are “unacceptable.”
But the team is defending its eyebrow-raising outfits and denouncing the criticism.
The uniform, with a flesh-colored section between riders’ stomach and thighs, was worn by IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders at the Tour of Tuscany in Italy over the weekend.
UCI President Brian Cookson wrote on his Twitter account that the uniforms are “unacceptable by any standard of decency.”
Pictures of the team shared on social media prompted Cookson’s response.
The British official wrote: “To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case.”
However, the Colombian cyclists acknowledged in a tweet in Spanish that “it’s about cycling, not about fashion” regarding the uniform.
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.