Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini overheard the unsavoury comments from the tifosi.

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If you ever needed proof of the obstacles that women’s cycling faces, a tweet from Wiggle-Honda’s Elisa Longo Borghini this afternoon will show as much.

The Italian rider, who won this year’s Tour of Flanders following an impressive solo break, posted on the social networking site that she overheard native spectators at today’s stage of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile near Genoa saying some rather uncomplimentary things about the women’s peloton.

Longo Borghini finished fifth in Loano, 2:41 behind solo stage winner Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv). She sits just 31 seconds behind race leader Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) going into the last two stages this weekend.

This sadly isn’t the first case of unsavoury language in the air at bike races this week: the UCI confirmed today that CCC Sprandi Pokowice rider Branislau Samoilau was fined a month’s wages after reportedly aiming a racial slur at MTN-Qhubeka’s Eritrean rider Natnael Berhane.

  • Riggah

    “If you ever needed proof of the obstacles
    that women’s cycling faces, a tweet from Wiggle-Honda’s Elisa Longo
    Borghini this afternoon will show as much.”
    “Proof”? What proof? “Obstacles”? What obstacles? This is tabloid writing.

  • Peter Marlow

    I’d be interested to learn what kind of things were being shouted

    I have to say that spectators were A1 positive at the Women’s Tour of Britain this year. Perhaps some Italian males still live in the dark ages.

  • So what was said? This is journalism 101, folks.

  • grasspress

    has italy joined third world middle eastern and african nations where suppression of women is commonplace and based on ignorance and stupidity? anti-women comments are expected there but not in modern societies where equality is demanded and supported. even the pope supports equality.