Female cyclists stopped to let men get ahead

Why were they stopped? Because they had caught up with the support vehicles from the men’s race. 

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

Nicole Hanselmann, a Swiss cyclist, was competing in a cycling event when she experienced a self-described “awkward moment”.

Hanselmann was leading the women’s race, two minutes in front of her competition, when she was asked to stop at the side of the road. Why was she stopped? Because she had caught up to the support vehicles of the men’s race that had begun 10 minutes before the women’s.

The women were stopped for “five or seven minutes”, a delay that Hanselmann suggests changed the momentum of the race.

In an Instagram post she suggested “Maybe the other women and me were too fast or the men too slow”.

Details from the story:

  • The event occurred at the Spring Classic in Belgium.
  • The women’s race began just ten minutes after the men’s.
  • Nicole Hanselmann had established an early lead, two minutes in front of her competition when she was stopped.
  • Hanselmann was given a head start when the race resumed, however, this did not translate into the momentum she had previously had.
  • Hanselmann finished 74th in the event.
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