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Colnago apologises for sexist social media posts

Company says it does "not condone sexism, on or off the bike"...

Colnago has apologised for social media posts made over the weekend that were widely criticised on Facebook and Twitter as being sexist.

In a post to Facebook this afternoon, the Italian bike brand said: “Colnago deeply regrets the recent posting of an image and accompanying social media post that is offensive to women, and not at all appropriate.

“Colnago has long-supported women's cycling and continues to provide such support, we do not condone sexism, on or off the bike, and sincerely apologize for posting the image.

“Our social media policies have been clarified internally to prevent such posts from happening in the future.

“We respect all members of the Colnago community, and we appreciate the needed feedback many have provided to us on this matter.”

The image in question showed a woman, dressed in cycling kit but without shoes, peering backwards as she leant over a bicycle several sizes too big for her.

The caption on the Twitter post said, “Ready for the weekend ride?”

As we reported earlier today, a number of people took to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the posts and ask that they be taken down.

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The apology was accompanied by a picture of one of Italy’s top female riders, Elisa Longo Borghini – who rides Colnago bikes as a member of the Wiggle Honda team – winning the Giro dell’Emilia  earlier this month.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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