The organisers of a women’s bike race in Spain’s Basque region who last week withdrew a poster publicising the event after claims it was sexist have issued a replacement – designed by a female cyclist.
Like the poster that was pulled last week, the new one for the Euskal Emakumeen Bira race features the 2015 winner, Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Rabo-Liv.
The earlier version showed her blowing a kiss at the camera, but in the new one is a side on shot of the Polish cyclist in the race’s leader’s jersey, riding alongside a team mate.
The original poster was withdrawn following a complaint from a Basque women’s organisation, although Agustín Ruiz, the director of the five-day, UCI 2.1-ranked race, said he personally did not believe that it was sexist at all.
The new one has been designed by Lourdes Oyarbide, who rides for Basque region-based UCI women’s team, Bizkaia Durango.
Here's the full version of the new poster and, below that, the one it replaces.
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