GEELONG – Chloe Hosking is the latest international cyclist to savage the sport’s boss for his assessment that women’s road racing does not warrant a minimum wage.
Hosking had a dig at UCI president Pat McQuaid after she won race one of the Bay Classic criterium series in Geelong yesterday.
McQuaid generated plenty of criticism at last September’s world road championships in Copenhagen when he said women’s racing had “not progressed enough” for a minimum wage.
Hosking praised the standard of the women’s race yesterday and added she made a point of making sure there was plenty of action.
She was in a seven-rider group that established a lead of seven seconds until a crash with five laps left neutralised the race.
Trudy Van Der Straaten, from the Pitcher Partners team, was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.
When the race resumed, Hosking broke clear with less than three laps to go and won on her own, ahead of GreenEDGE rider Melissa Hoskins and defending series champion Rochelle Gilmore (Bike Exchange).
“I love racing like that, I don’t like really like sitting in and then sprinting,” she said after her first Bay Classic win.
“I don’t think it’s great for Australian racing.
“For me, it was really exciting to go out there and show what women’s racing can be like.”
Asked later to expand on her comments about women’s racing, Hosking made it clear that comments in the media lately had angered her.
“There’s just been some really negative things said in the press lately about how women’s racing is boring and how we don’t deserve a minimum salary, that sort of thing,” she said.
“To me, (this) was one of the most exciting races I’ve done.”
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