Ethan Wolff-Mann
Monday September 15th, 2014

Due to what must have been some serious emperor’s new clothes shenanigans, a Colombian women’s cycling team just demoed some unfortunate skin suits that have what appears to be a clear crotch region. From the upper thigh to mid-stomach, the otherwise-colorful suit of the IRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar (yes, really) features arresting flesh-tones that really leave nothing to the imagination, at least according to the circulating photo above.

According to Brian Cookson, the head of cycling’s governing body, the suits are “unacceptable by any standard of decency,” and they're investigating after receiving scores of complaints.

This isn’t the first time a cycling uniform has run seriously afoul of the authorities, with Hollywood-esque Italian sprinter Mario Cipollini once rocking an anatomically-correct muscle skinsuit, but it’s the first time it’s ever happened by accident, implausible as that “accident” is.

The general public’s pearl-clutching aside, this could be a crash real danger: Everyone driving or riding by will have their eyes held hostage by the, um, x-ray suit.

However, no one is sure the problem actually exists. Since the team has been racing a bit without anyone noticing this problem thus far—though their regular uniform doesn't have the questionable part—one journalist pointed out it could be a trick of the light rendering the "gold" into fleshtones. But if the other hideous parts of these skinsuits made it to production without comment, the silence on the matter hitherto is far from a credible indicator. 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.