... Specifically in pro cycling...
I was talking to a non-cycling friend about the TdF yesterday and he asked why there were no black riders.
"Of course there are, there's Yohann Gène riding for Europecar..." said I. But then it occurred to me that he's the only one. Just over 0.5% of this year's starting peloton was black.
Considering black people are so well represented in other sports, isn't it surprising that cycling seems almost bereft of black talent?
So what are the reasons? My friend suggested socio-economic reasons - black people are less likely to take up sports that require expensive equipment, like yachting or polo or cycling (I pointed out that Lewis Hamilton seemed to be doing OK in his F1 car...).
Is it a physiology thing? Some black people clearly excel at 'explosive power' disciplines like track and field events, but then the distance events are dominated by North/East Africans.
This post isn't in any way a criticism of cycling, and I'm certainly not suggesting there's any form of racism in the sport, I'm just asking a genuinely perplexing question.