Twitter Responds After Peter Kennaugh tells Pooley ‘No One Knows About Women’s Giro’

The Team Sky rider called Pooley 'self centered', then realised perhaps that was offensive

It’s safe to say that there are some people in the world who would be better off not posting on Twitter. Or having an agent manage their feed. Today, Team Sky cyclist Peter Kennaugh proved he’s probably one of them.

When Emma Pooley spoke out with a response to the allegations around Shane Sutton, commenting that sexism was just as rife under predecessor Dave Brailsford, Kennaugh waided in.

Pooley’s key argument was that Brailsord never set up a women’s team, akin to Team Sky, that may have helped her succeed in the Women’s Giro Rosa.

Speaking to the Guardian, she said:“Why didn’t anyone ask how it could be that a publicly funded body like British Cycling joined together with a privately funded team – Sky – on a mission to get a British winner of the Tour de France within five years? Why wasn’t there a similar plan for the women? The women’s Giro d’Italia was the most important race for women but where was the funding for that? I came second twice and no one from British Cycling offered to put together a team to help me win it.”

In response, Kennaugh commented on the social media platform… “why would sky put money into women’s giro that absolutely no one in the UK has absolutely no idea about. Stop being so self centered and get over it.”

Kennaugh, having “re-read” the tweet, realised that perhaps it may have come across as very slightly offensive (purely down to the wording of course) and deleted his messages, posting:

The positive news is that the good people of Twitter quickly came to Pooley’s side – here are just a few reactions…

The battle goes on. If there’s one good thing we can take from it, it’s that the neanderthals are being weeded out.  


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