Exclusive: Van Gansen faces new allegations of abuse as UCI delays Health Mate decision

Health Mate Ladies Team (UCI Women's Team)
The Health Mate Ladies Team ended in 2019 due to allegations of abuse against riders (Image credit: Getty Images)

The UCI Ethics Commission has delayed announcing its decision in the multi-complaint abuse case surrounding Health Mate-Cyclelive team manager Patrick Van Gansen amid new allegations. A rider from the team, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cyclingnews that she filed a formal complaint with the UCI Ethics Commission and gave testimony to the external agency investigating the series of complaints. She has alleged violence and inappropriate behaviour, and claims to have witnessed inappropriate behaviour toward her former teammate Esther Meisels, who was one of three women to have filed similar complaints in May 2019. 

"The UCI Ethics Commission has received the conclusions of the investigators," a spokesperson from the UCI wrote to Cyclingnews. "The Ethics Commission has made up its mind. The report to the Disciplinary Commission for the imposition of a penalty, if any, was however put on hold due to the filing of a new denunciation by an athlete, the alleged facts being the subject of an additional investigation."

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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.