Everyday racism: Breaking cycling's other glass ceiling

MTN-Qhubeka's Daniel Teklehaimanot made history with his run in the polka dot jersey.
Daniel Teklehaimanot at the 2015 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Major Taylor was the first African American to win a cycling world title and the second Black athlete to be crowned world champion in any sport way back in 1899. While the world has supposedly become more progressive since then and most major league sports have become more diverse – the NBA and NFL are majority Black players – road cycling has remained very, very white. Why?

As the world reflects on race, societal power structures, and attitudes that perpetuate bigotry and racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, the insular world of professional cycling can no longer ignore the issues at hand.

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