Apology from coach who described elite female rider with children as "hobby cyclocrosser"

Loes Sels will now be selected to represent Belgium at the Cyclocross World Championships

Loes Sels is a former Belgian national champion

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Belgian cyclocross coach Rudy de Bie has apologised for comments where he called a former national champion a "hobby cyclocrosser".

De Bie said earlier this week that he would rather have an empty slot in his team for the Cyclocross World Championships than pick Loes Sels, a self-funded rider with two children.

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