LYON, France (Reuters) – After years of keeping quiet on the matter, Kevin Reza, the only Black rider in the Tour de France peloton this year, says he is ready to make his voice heard amid the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 32-year-old, who turned professional in 2011 and rides for French outfit B&B Vital Concept, would like his peers to express support for the BLM movement but with professional cycling being largely an all-white business, Reza is on his own.
“It’s a shame. You can see the big names in sport giving themselves the means to speak, to make noise, to show their solidarity with this movement,” Reza, who was born on the outskirts of Paris to a family that originated from the French overseas region of Guadeloupe, told Reuters.
“I’m Kevin Reza, I don’t carry as much weight in world sport as Lewis H