Chloë Turblin: Van Gansen suspension is 'weak and anecdotal'

Health Mate Ladies Team (UCI Women's Team)
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Chloë Turblin was the first of four athletes to file a formal abuse complaint against Health Mate team manager Patrick Van Gansen with the UCI Ethics Commission in February of 2019. The complaint was filed with the support of her father because she felt personally unable to take the steps to do so on her own. 

Van Gansen was found guilty of violating the sport’s code of ethics in the multi-complaint abuse case, and handed a partially retroactive suspension of two years and seven months by the Disciplinary Commission on Monday. He will be eligible to return to the sport on December 31, 2022, after completing workplace sexual harassment training. For Turblin, however, the sanctioning feels inappropriately light in comparison to the unseen scars that the abuse she suffered has left behind.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.