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Well, this was actually an awkward situation - a female cyclist was forced to stop during a race in Belgium because she started to catch up with the men in the race and reach beyond them.
Swiss cyclist, Nicole Hanselmann described the moment as “awkward” when she was held up in 'Omloop Het Nieuwsblad' race after she went way beyond from the women’s pack and caught up with the men’s race. What is more interesting is that the men’s race has started just 10 minutes before the women’s race.


It was a 120 kilometers long race and Nicole took a two-minute lead in the race against men when the officials finally asked her to stop at a level crossing until the men took hold of her pace. The racing event's official Twitter account tweeted "neutralization of our women race at railroad crossing in Sint-Denijs-Boekel... due to a very slow men's race."


Hanselmann was allowed to resume her race after five minutes pause and ended up finishing at number 74. She expressed her disappointment that the interruption ruined the race for her. "Today was the first spring classic in Belgium," she wrote in an Instagram post.


"It was a bit sad for me because I was in a good mood, and when the bunch sees you stopping they just get a new motivation to catch you. We could just see the ambulances of the men's race. I think we stopped for five or seven minutes and then it just kills your chances," she told Cycling News.
It was after she added this post that people made her viral and saluted her for her will power and stamina.

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