In the Tour de France, two round misses will no longer be seen at the podium ceremony after each stage. The organization of the largest cycling race in the world stops with the structure that has been criticized for some time.
It was a tradition for two women to hand the rider flowers, a plush toy and a cycling jersey on the podium. Then both women kissed the rider's cheek.
"We are used to that, but now it is going to look different. For the first time there will not be two rounds, but a man and a woman on the podium", Tour boss Christian Prudhomme told Europe 1 .
"In addition, there will no longer be five prominent figures and five sponsor relations on both sides of the podium, but one. Yes, it is new, although it has been done like that in races such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège."
In recent years, criticism of the use of lap misses in cycling has increased. The role of the women on stage was seen by some as sexist. At the beginning of 2018, the grid girls were already said goodbye to the grid girls for the same reason.
The 107th edition of the Tour de France starts next Saturday in Nice. Jumbo-Visma is going full for the overall victory in France, although the Dutch team received bad news on Thursday, because Steven Kruijswijk must miss the course.
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