Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh has posted and subsequently deleted tweets asking why Team Sky would support a team in the Women’s Giro d’Italia as it is a race that “absolutely no one in the UK has absolutely no idea about”.
The tweets followed on from an article in The Guardian where former Olympic Silver medallist, Emma Pooley, questioned why there was a lack of support from British Cycling and Team Sky to help support a team in the Women’s Giro d’Italia.
“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?” Pooley asked.
“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.”
Following on from the publication of the article featuring Pooley, Kennaugh then tweeted his opinion regarding funding for a women’s team, saying “Emma pooley why would sky put money into the women’s giro that absolutely no one in the UK has absolutely no idea about.”
He then followed with another tweet stating: “stop being so self centred and get over it”
Kennaugh has since deleted both tweets.