Belgian cycling team bans riders from growing ‘unhygenic’ beards – Telegraph.co.uk
A professional cycling team has banned its riders from growing beards and told them to find new employers if they wonât shave.
Belgiumâs Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise has imposed the crackdown on facial hair to protect âthe elegance of cyclingâ.
The Flemish teamâs sporting director is Walter Planckaert, a former champion of the Tour of Flanders.
He used a regular column in newspaper Het Niewsblad to blast beards as âunhygienicâ.
âWe are a cycling team, with riders, not motocross riders or rugby players,â Mr Planckaert wrote. âThe snot and the leftover food in the beard of a rider in the middle of the race is dirty.â