Norwegian race halted by rider protest

Anger as Norwegian Cycling Federation fails to fill its Women’s World Championship quota

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Riders at a national women’s race in Norway protested on Sunday, following a selection decision by the national federation for the World Championships. Though allotted five places in the women’s road race, the Norges Cykleforbund have only selected three riders, with no time trial or junior representation.

All 50 riders taking part in round five of the Norges Cup near Stavanger, signed a letter calling on the Federation to change its mind. Not satisfied they had made their point, the peloton then turned to direct action, stopping the race after only 50 metres, before resuming a minute later.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.