Female Cyclist Forced To Stop Race As She Catches Up To Male Cyclists
Huff Post reports that 27-year-old Swiss cyclist Nicole Hanselmann of the Bigla Pro team was leading the pack of female cyclists in a Belgium race when she was ordered by officials to stop in her tracks. The female cyclist had caught up with the male racers who had been given a 10-minute head start. Officials "neutralized" the women's race so that the men could restore their 10-minute head start. Hanselmann had secured an early lead over the rest of the female competitors by nearly two minutes. When the 76-mile race restarted for the women, Hanselmann had lost her edge. She finished 74th in the race after the mandated stop. Hanselmann posted a pic of the forced delay on Instagram and captioned it “awkward.” She added, “Maybe the other women and me were too fast or the men too slow.” The race was won by Dutch cyclist Chantal Blaak. The men’s race was won by Czech rider Zdenek Stybar.