Cynisca Cycling part ways with board member who called on athletes to take the knee against trans cyclists

"The association with Inga Thompson has affected Cynisca’s brand and reputation," says team

Three-time Olympian Inga Thompson
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Cynisca Cycling, a France-based, American pro women's cycling team, today confirmed it has parted ways with its board member Inga Thompson, a celebrated three-time Olympian and vocal opponent of transgender women competing in elite women's sport.

Thompson resigned from the team voluntarily, explaining in a letter to team founder Jeff Jones that she'd been offered a new role elsewhere. She also decided to scale back her various involvements to address the repercussions of her recent breast cancer diagnoses.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.