The 2015 world road race champion, Lizzie Armitstead, has opened up about her experiences of sexism in cycling.
The British rider talked about how she has had a fair share of being treated like a lesser mortal.
According to the Guardian, the 28-year-old said that on the day she became world champion in Richmond, Virginia, Brian Stephens, the British Cycling team manager, who had been appointed her coach, was not there because he had prioritized the men’s junior team.
“I was really disappointed because I’d done everything right going into that competition and I just needed them to get it right for me on the day and they didn’t. There was a lack of leadership. They let me down big time.” she said.
In her forthcoming autobiography, written with William Fotheringham, Lizzie also talks about other examples of sexism, including women having to borrow helmets from men and being told they would be banned if they did not return them.
This is not the first time a case of sexism has been reported by a female British Cycler. In 2016, the sprinter Jess Varnish alleged that the former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton told her to “go away and have a baby” – claims he denies. The 2008 Olympic road race champion Nicole Cooke has also repeatedly talked about women riders being treated far less well than their male counterparts.
In an interview in Saturday’s Weekend magazine, Armitstead talks about the most important inequality for her. According to her, it had been the pay.
“My prize money for winning the 2015 world championship was £2,000, and the men’s was £20,000. But the good thing from that is this year it changed. We have equal money.”