Louise Minchin suffered an awkward moment live on air after she spotted a newspaper story about herself, claiming that she had cheated during a triathlon on Sunday. The BBC Breakfast presenter joked that she got to share a front page with Meghan Markle, but looked distinctly uncomfortable as she brushed over the report.
Sitting on the BBC red sofa alongside co-presenter Charlie Stayt, Louise said: "And there's a story about me in The Sun about an incident at a race on Sunday, which I was talked to about by British Triathlon who say I have no case to answer." Making light of the situation, Louise continued: "But, I'm on the front page with Meghan as well."
Louise was accused of cheating during a race on Sunday
The 49-year-old TV star was accused of 'drafting' during her cycling race, which is when a rider tucks in close behind another rider, therefore expending less energy and making the most of less wind resistance. According to The Sun, a fellow triathlete accused Louise of 'cheating' and drafting when another cyclist "came out of nowhere" and pedalled in front of the star, cutting out wind resistance.
The BBC Breakfast presenter has denied cheating
The fellow competitor said: "It's a hard race. During the cycling I feel like I'm dying. Louise is making out she's done this super-duper thing and it makes me mad. She's lied to people a little bit." She reported Louise to the British Triathlon and claimed others had spoken about it too.
The racer added: "Louise saw me talking to the rep and came over. I said, 'You cheated'. She said, 'Well, I didn't really because I didn't know she was going to be there'. I said, 'You had a draft!' She said, 'I know I had a draft, and I know how it looks but I didn't cheat.'"