Dutch cyclist reacts after receiving X-rated gift box for time trial victory, including sex toy

Ellen van Dijk took to social media to share her X-rated gift box which she was awarded for winning the Bloeizone Fryslan time trial stage.

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Dutch cyclist Ellen van Dijk saw the fun side after receiving an X-rated gift set – including a sex toy – for winning a time trial.

The 35-year-old finished top of the standings in the first stage of the Bloeizone Fryslan time trial. The world time trial champion won the 14.4km first stage in 18 minutes and 34 seconds, beating Riejanne Markus by seven seconds and Marlen Reusser by 25 seconds.

However, the cost of his efforts was rather alarming.

After the triumph in his native Netherlands, Van Dijk was given a vibrator, lube and blindfold by event sponsors EasyToys.







Ellen van Dijk saw the fun side of the gift set, which included lube and a sex toy
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She quickly took to Twitter to share a snapshot of her prizes – a pink shoebox filled with a number of sex toys.

Van Dijk seemed to see the fun side, captioning the photo: “Women’s cycling awards are getting better.

“You can leave tips on how to use it in the comments.”

However, some of his followers were left baffled by his prize with one fan writing: “What other sport would give this as a prize? Disrespectful.”

It’s not the first time disrespectful prizes have been handed out in women’s cycling: Jolien D’Hoore was handed a vacuum cleaner after winning the Ronde van Drenthe in 2015. Sponsors EasyToys have been in hot water before when the Dutch FA blocked them from sponsoring FC Emmen to avoid sex industry links on football shirts.

In response, the company installed an X-rated inflatable outside the club’s stadium.

The EasyToys logo was also featured on the ice at an Olympic curling qualifier last year, leading broadcasters in Japan and the United States to pull their coverage.

Van Dijk then took victory on the first Bloeizone Fryslan Tour, finishing safely in the peloton on the third and final stage to beat Riejanne Markus to the title by seven seconds. Stage three saw a battle from the Italian sprinters as Rachele Barbieri prevailed over Martina Fidanza and Elodie Le Ball completed the stage podium.

Van Dijk added a fifth overall title to his resume on Saturday at the Dutch race, formerly known as the Healthy Aging Tour. She won the opening time trial to retain the race lead for all three days.

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Michael N. Clark