Belgian ex-cyclist Tara Gins (30) sees a track as team leader drilled through the nose after the team in question made a problem of “a picture in a booklet”. Thats what she says in a post on her Instagram account.
Gins complains talks about double standards in the cycling world. “I was literally assaulted in the past. Apparently, as a man, you like a little more. I had an oral agreement to join a team as a team leader this year. A mens team, where I would work with the promises and the elites,” explains Gins on her Instagram page. “Thats something Im looking forward to, because thats the direction I want to go. But apparently someone made a problem with a picture in a booklet of me.”
The rider cannot understand that. “I dont mind now that it doesnt happen anymore. Its probably better this way. I dont want to work with people who dont see my abilities and just walk with the herd. In cycling there is still a lot of thought in boxes in all areas.”
Double Standards, Gins says. “In all the years Ive spent, Ive been through so many negative things with shift managers or caregivers. Ive been literally assaulted. There was a mecanic crawled into the shower with me once after a workout. I was once kissed by a staff member who had to push that person away from me. I once received very inappropriate comments from team leaders about how I looked, about my weight, that they would do me if I looked different. I had a manager who came in when I was massaged to say how horny I looked,” she sums up.
“ Ive always opposed it, Ive always pushed it away from me. But all that stuff Ive been through makes this even more frustrating. “I have now stopped racing and want to do my own things, get opportunities. And then theyre taken back by those jerks, sorry to say so, who use a double standard. Apparently, as a man you can do something more in the world.”
Source: Het Nieuwsblad