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What makes a woman? - Women’s Edition Podcast

What makes a woman? - Women’s Edition Podcast

May 3, 2019
Hear from cyclist Kristen Worley on XY and DSD women, testosterone, old ideologies and human rights
 

Welcome to the Cyclingnews Podcast Women’s Edition brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville.

In this episode Kirsten Frattini, women’s editor at Cyclingnews, speaks with former cyclist and human rights activist Kristen Worley, who just released her memoir, "Woman Enough - How a boy became a woman and changed the world of sport."

We take an in depth look at the guidelines set in place by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for transitioned XY women and the newly proposed regulations set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for women with differences of sex development (DSD), recently deliberated on at the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in the Caster Semenya vs IAAF appeal.

We highlight the problems and controversies surrounding the rules, and the need for more scientific research and medical expertise when creating policy for these individuals. We also take a look back at the evolution of gender verification testing from the so-called 'nude parades' to 'sex-testing' and the current forms of testosterone testing used today.

Part of our discussion circles around how old ideologies have impacted women in sports, including cycling. And we discuss how policies have affected athletes’ human rights.

Worley was born XY male, named Chris Jackson, and fully transitioned to XY female having undergone sex-reassignment surgery in her late 20s. She was forced to undergo gender verification processes to obtain a licence to compete as a woman.

She went on to challenge the IOC along with the World Anti-doping Agency, UCI, Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association, outside of the CAS, in the court of civil law at the Superior Court of Justice and then the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto.

Her case brought attention to the lack of scientific research behind the policies, practices and protocols in place for transgendered and biological women with higher testosterone levels. She also demonstrated how the IOC’s guidelines filter down through the international federations, such as the UCI, and into the national and provincial rules at the lower levels of sport.

Worley currently gives educational discussions around the world on the subject of diversity and inclusion in sport. She also acts as a consultant on human rights to The Cyclists’ Alliance founded by Iris Slappendel.

To learn more about the heated debate surrounding the "IOC Consensus Meeting on Transgender Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism" guidelines for such individuals competing in sport, testosterone uptake, and gender verification practices read our in-depth feature Policing Gender Boundaries.

We hope you enjoy our discussion with Kristen Worley.

 

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Ineos protests, Brailsford reacts and Yorkshire highlights

Ineos protests, Brailsford reacts and Yorkshire highlights

May 2, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we report from stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire. We hear from stage winner and race leader Jesper Asselman and 18-year-old American Kevin Vermaerke, who was part of the early break and almost survived to the finish in Selby.

 Philippa York and Daniel Benson also talk about the low key but vocal protestors who turned out to demonstrate again Team Ineos and their owner Jim Ratcliffe. We hear from a protestor who had changed his name legally to Joe Public, while at the finish we caught up with a vitriolic Dave Brailsford who came out swinging, telling the press that, “there was hardly anybody there, let's be honest, let's be real for once. The 15,000-mob that was to attack me this morning didn't really materialise. That's the reality. There were people there with the right to an opinion and I respect that but they've got a right to their opinion and that's it.”

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Team Ineos launch at the Tour de Yorkshire

Team Ineos launch at the Tour de Yorkshire

May 1, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast - brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville – the Cyclingnews team venture to the small northern village of Linton, in Yorkshire for the Team Ineos launch.

 Team owner Jim Ratcliffe, Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome were on hand to show off the new team kit and the new Pinarello F12 but the majority of the press event was centred around the controversy surrounding Ineos’s business interests, and most notably their fracking policies, which have drawn criticism from environmental groups.

 Ratcliffe and Brailsford both defended the team’s position while we hear from four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome on a flurry of issues from the moral questions over team ownership; Tour de France training; the departure of Rod Ellingworth and how the news filtered through over a new team ownership after Sky announced their departure.

 Philippa York, who will be joining Cyclingnews throughout the four-day race, gives her take on the Ineos controversy and argues that the team were given a slightly harsh time at the press event. She also shares her experience of team presentations including the time Luc Leblanc danced on stage to the time a TVM boss had his daughter jump out of a cake mid-presentation.

 

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Fleche Wallonne recap and Liege-Bastogne-Liege preview

Fleche Wallonne recap and Liege-Bastogne-Liege preview

April 25, 2019

In this episode of the Cyclingnews Podcast, the team takes a look back at the men's and women's Fleche Wallonne races. In the men's, Julian Alaphilippe claimed is second title, while Anna van der Breggen stormed to a record equalling fifth in the women's event. 

As well as the winning rides, we discuss some of the standout performances and some of those that didn't hit the mark. 

We also hear from Van der Breggen on her win, Jakob Fuglang on taking second in the men's race and Michael Matthews on his eighth place after a difficult start to the season. 

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Paris-Roubaix review

Paris-Roubaix review

April 17, 2019

Hear from Kristoff, Van Avermaet and Haller in Cyclingnews' analysis of The Hell of the North

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast we bring you analysis from the 2019 edition of Paris-Roubaix in which Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) claimed his second Monument in three years ahead of Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and teammate Yves Lampaert.

As well as debating the efforts of the riders on the podium, we hear from Alexander Kristoff, Greg Van Avermaet, Luke Rowe, Marco Haller, Dirk Demol and Heinrich Haussler.

The key move was made by Politt after the second feed zone and he was joined by Gilbert and a group contained Wout Van Aert, Peter Sagan, Sep Vanmarcke and Lampaert.

By the time the race hit the final sectors of cobbles, there were just five riders left before Politt attacked at Gruson with just under 15km to go, and only Gilbert could follow.

 

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Paris-Roubaix preview

Paris-Roubaix preview

April 12, 2019

The cobbled Classics are almost at their end with Paris-Roubaix set to close the curtain on the pave for this season. The Hell of the North is one of the most unpredictable races on the calendar, but this week the Cyclingnews team will try to have a go at predicting what will happen.

 The team discuss the wide variety of contenders, while also daring to pick who we think will make the podium and we take a look at some of the tech on show for this weekend’s race.

 We also hear from a few of the contenders themselves after they completed their recons of the course, including Wout van Aert, Philippe Gilbert, Alexander Kristoff and former winner Philippe Gilbert.

 

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Tour of Flanders: Preview and race favourites

Tour of Flanders: Preview and race favourites

April 5, 2019

With the Tour of Flanders on the horizon, we look at the form of the pre-race favourites and take on the challenge of rating the likes of Peter Sagan, Niki Terpstra and Wout van Aert. We also hear from John Degenkolb, Michael Valgren and Adri van der Poel.

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Exclusive interviews with Matteo Trentin and Larry Warbasse

Exclusive interviews with Matteo Trentin and Larry Warbasse

March 29, 2019

Cyclingnews catches up with the riders in Monaco and Nice

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you by Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville, we have a double header of interviews with Matteo Trentin from Mitchelton-Scott and AG2R La Mondiale's Larry Warbasse.

We met with Trentin the morning after Milan-San Remo, joining the European champion for coffee near his home in Monaco. The Italian had just finished tenth in Milan-San Remo and was one of the most influential riders in the race, with a late attack that almost netted him the biggest win of his career. We sat down with Trentin to talk about the race, his ambitions for the season, his difficult first year at Mitchelton due to injuries, and his future.

A few hours later we were in Nice - Nice airport to be precise - to meet up with Warbasse. Like Trentin, the American had completed Milan-San Remo the previous day, and helped his teammate Oliver Naesen to second place.

In our exclusive interview with Warbasse we talk about the demise of Aqua Blue from the inside, his exciting move to AG2R and how Romain Bardet helped save the day, as well as the lack of stability within cycling. Warbasse, an open advocate for clean cycling, also talks about Stefan Denifl, his former Aqua Blue teammate, who confessed to doping earlier this year.

We hope you enjoy these two interviews and we'll have more as the Classics season develops. Thanks again to our sponsors, Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd's of Leadville.

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Milan-San Remo analysis

Milan-San Remo analysis

March 25, 2019

In the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello and Floyd’s of Leadville, we look back on the action from Milan-San Remo after Julian Alaphilippe won the first Monument of his career ahead of Oliver Naesen and Michal Kwiatkowski.

We hear from an emotional Alaphilippe, Naesen, Kwiatkowski, a disappointed Matej Mohoric, Peter Sagan, Elia Viviani and Michael Matthews

 

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Milan-San Remo preview and Ineos’ Team Sky takeover

Milan-San Remo preview and Ineos’ Team Sky takeover

March 21, 2019

In this week's edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Sportful, Pinarello, and Floyd's of Leadville, we look back at the action from Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. We look ahead to this weekend's first Monument of the season, Milan-San Remo, and debate the merits and issues arising from the controversial takeover of Team Sky by Ineos.

We also hear from Tirreno-Adriatico winner Primoz Roglic about his victory and his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia; Julian Alaphilippe and Elia Viviani ahead of Milan-San Remo and Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates and directeur sportif Matt White.

There's also time for us to check in with our very own Stephen Farrand, who picks out the key talking points from Tirreno-Adriatico, discusses the pressure on Vincenzo Nibali's shoulders, and highlights just what Milan-San Remo means to the Italian cycling.

 

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