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Former Professional Cyclist Tara Gins Dropped From Men's Team Due To Playboy Past

Former Professional Cyclist Tara Gins Dropped From Men's Team Due To Playboy Past

The Belgian rider believes she should be allowed to take pictures of herself without it affecting her employment.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

A former professional cyclist believes she has been rejected from being a job on a men's team due to her past work with Playboy.

Tara Gins competed professionally between 2016 to 2018 for Lares-Waowdeals and Health Mate-Cyclelive Team.

Once she hanged up clip-in cycling shoes, she posed for the men's magazine in 2020 and featured in a topless calendar.

The Belgian then looked at getting a director's job on an unnamed men's cycling team.

But she was shocked to find out that the job was no longer available after the team found out about her racy pictures.

Writing on Instagram, Tara expressed her sadness and shock at the decision.

"I had a verbal agreement to join a team," Gins said. "I was really looking forward to that. It's what I like to do. I want to learn and be in the support vehicle. But now apparently someone has made a problem of a photo in a book.

"I don't mind now that the agreement was cancelled. It is better this way. I don't want to work with people who don't see my capabilities and just walk with the herd."

She is confused why pictures of her would make her ineligible for the role she was due to take on.

Ms Gins told CyclingNews that a staff member came across the pictures of her and they started circulating them to other employees in a group chat.

"Someone must have threatened the manager to send those pictures to one of the sponsors because that person has I don't know what kind of relationship with the sponsor," she said.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure what photos they are talking about. In May last year, I did a photo shoot for Playboy and then two months later I did another photo shoot for a calendar for a Belgian company.

"These calendars are only sent to their company customers, so you can't find the pictures online. You can only see the pictures if you work for the company.

"That calendar came out in the first week of January, and so I am guessing that it was the pictures in the calendar."

Gins believes the photos don't 'hurt' anyone and she should be allowed to take pictures of herself without it affecting her employment.

"I have now stopped racing and want to do my own things, get opportunities," she added.

"And then they are taken back by those jerks, sorry so to speak, who have a double standard. Apparently, as a man, you can do a little more in the world."

Featured Image Credit: Tara Gins/Instagram

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