Lizzie Armitstead, the 2015 world road race champion, has opened up about her experiences as regards 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.
Jess Varnish, the sprinter, in 2016 had alleged that Shane Sutton, the former British Cycling technical director told her to go away and have a baby” – claims which he denies.
Nicole Cooke, the 2008 Olympic road race champion, has also talked about women riders being treated lesser 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.”