Basque leader suggests organisation was coerced into running women's Itzulia

Peloton during Itzulia Women
Peloton during Itzulia Women (Image credit: Getty Images)

Julián Eraso, president of the Asociación Organizaciones Ciclistas Euskadi (OCETA), has come under fire for controversial remarks about the inaugural Itzulia Women's three-day race that kicked off in Basque Country on Friday. 

In an interview with Radio Marca Bilbao, Eraso stated that the organisation had been 'almost forced' to run the women's event while suggesting that progress in sports equality was the 'fashion'.

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