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Flesh-Colored Uniform Of Women's Cycling Team From Colombia Called 'Unacceptable'

This isn't the sort of spinning that cyclists normally have to concern themselves with.

The six riders of a Colombian team are generating a lot of heat for the flesh-colored uniforms they wore at the Tour of Tuscany in Italy over the weekend.

The president of the International Cycling Union, Brian Cookson, said the provocative uniforms are "unacceptable by any standard of decency."

The uniform, with a flesh-colored section between stomach and thighs, was worn by IDRD-Bogotá Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders.

According to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, the Cycling League of Bogotá has confirmed that the uniform was designed by one of the group members, Angie Tatiana Rojas, and it was endorsed by the two team sponsors, the District Institute for Recreation and Sport (IDRD) and the San Mateo and Solgar Foundation.

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However, the IDRD said on Saturday that nobody ever asked for their opinion on the matter. "In regard to the uniforms of the women's cycling team, we clarify that we were not consulted on its design. We support the team in its trip,” the institute said via its Twitter account.

It is unclear if the six-woman team was intending to wear a similar uniform next week while representing Colombia at the road world championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

Pictures of the team shared on social media prompted Cookson's response.

The British official wrote, "To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women's team kit, we are on the case."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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