Published August 2nd, 2012
The brother of Olympic cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has praised her bravery in speaking out about sexism in the sport.
Armitstead, from Otley, West Yorkshire, won Britain’s first 2012 medal in the women’s road race.
She later said the sexism she encountered could get “quite overwhelming and very frustrating”.
Nick Armitstead, an amateur cyclist, said her sport did not get the recognition it deserved and more live coverage was needed.
The 27-year-old, who also lives in Otley, said: “I am very interested in the men’s sport, I absolutely love watching it but I would love it to be the same in the women’s sport.”
“The women’s race is as exciting as most men’s races at the Olympics.”
‘Determined and courageous’
Mr Armitstead said now, while women’s racing was at the forefront of people’s minds, was the perfect time for the issue of sexism to be raised.
He said: “The general public don’t usually see women’s cycling. It was the perfect time for Lizzie to get their attention.”
“It was brave of her to do that but she’s very determined and courageous.”
Mr Armitstead said it was frustrating to not be able to watch all of his sister’s races on television.
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Published August 2012