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    What do you know about European podium women.

    Who are they..How do they get to be a podium woman.Think they really like kissing sweaty pro cyclists.
    Do they like follow the paths of cheerleaders in the US..Nah..Probably company sponsored pr people or more like cheerleaders in the US Superbowl.?
    Seems some tend to follow the bike pack and not necessarily new faces for each stage...Never recall seeing any readings about their role.

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    A client of mine was a podium girl from the old days...around WWII. She was a young girl at the time from a small town who was considered attractive. It was a great honor for her to be selected.
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    Thanks JKO...Curious about the process of becoming a podium girl...Think each stage has a local 'girl'..? As said, seems often the faces are familiar from stage to stage..

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    The tour de France podium girls (yellow jersey, anyway) are employees of Credit Lyonnais. They do the whole Tour each year, so you see them lots.....it's also seen as a great honour and is quite prestigious.


    At smaller races, it's usually the local beauty queen or pageant winner giving the flowers and champagne and smiling for the photos.

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    I know George Hincapie recently had a child with a former Tour de France podium girl. I also know after watchin the 2004 Vuelta a Espana DVD that the Spanish girls are much prettier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redal
    I also know after watchin the 2004 Vuelta a Espana DVD that the Spanish girls are much prettier.
    Yes.
    i may have overreacted

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    Probably we could find out more about Podium girls by clicking on Credit Lyonaise? Also, there was recently posted a thread about a Lance sighting...Anyone recall Lance showed up for some ride near Hincappie's home town in South Carolina? So, included in the party was Hincappie and his wife..WOnder if having a child by a podium girl complicates your home life..Not making a moral judgement, just wondering how a summer away from home effects your home life and its complications..
    But then, that would be the down side of being in European pro races all summer..Do not most pros take along their wives..I would.. Keeps one out of trouble , yet alone enriches your own family life.. I would want my wife to be a part of the podium event.
    SHows how much surplus energy being in shape renders a cyclist after completing only 100 plus miles at 25 plus MPH average...And one would think an hour getting one's muscles messaged would put one to sleep...Plus this demonstrates how much love the Europeans feel towards their pro cyclists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot
    ... Hincappie and his wife..WOnder if having a child by a podium girl complicates your home life...
    The former podium girl is his wife, same person.
    Make your banana pancakes, and pretend like it's the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefCatchacold
    The former podium girl is his wife, same person.
    That's really cool to know...Is there a gossip sheet for cycling news at the check out stand..Where do these stories come from? That's great..Love comes to full bloom at the peloton...Like that.

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    What do I know about podium girls? Well for the most part they are very attractive and they must have a strong ability to block out smelly cyclists!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Rodies
    What do I know about podium girls? Well for the most part they are very attractive and they must have a strong ability to block out smelly cyclists!!!!!
    Before the riders get up on the podium, they're given a chance to clean up and change into a fresh team kit. I doubt the stench is too bad.

    From what I have read in the past, most are models paid to do the job and nothing more. I also agree with some of the other posters that the podium girls in Spain are the best!

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    and here I thought you were talking about European women cyclists who make it to the podium......

    Maybe I've been married too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeInMN
    Before the riders get up on the podium, they're given a chance to clean up and change into a fresh team kit. I doubt the stench is too bad.

    Correct. After a win and the congrats form teammates, a rider is cleaned up by the soigneurs (basically a quick face wash), given a clean strip and sent to the podium. This is all done within 10-15 mins of the stage finish....then it's off to the doping control, then into the team bus back to the hotel for a shower, massage, dinner and bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogBoy
    and here I thought you were talking about European women cyclists who make it to the podium......

    Maybe I've been married too long.
    Thats what I thought too! since we're kinda on the subject does anyone know anything about the actual european women cyclists that make it to the podium (but arent "podium girls") ???
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    Not enough. Are there organized tours of European podium women that I could try? Recommendations?

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    [QUOTE=ed073]Correct. After a win and the congrats form teammates, a rider is cleaned up by the soigneurs (basically a quick face wash), given a clean strip and sent to the podium. This is all done within 10-15 mins of the stage finish....

    Can't imagine the smell being disapated unles at least a clean jersey is provided..Along with a toweling of the upper body...I ride a snails pace compared to the TDFers and my jersey can be smelled from 15 feet away..The podium girls wear beautiful dresses...Please, don't cover those dresses with cyclists sweat.

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    Lol...there have been a few funny stories about impeccably turned out podium girls recoiling at the prospect of kissing a rider who's just completed 200+km in the baking French countryside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redal
    I know George Hincapie recently had a child with a former Tour de France podium girl. I also know after watchin the 2004 Vuelta a Espana DVD that the Spanish girls are much prettier.
    The Spanish women are gorgeous.

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    I would like to think the stage winners get a chance to sponge off their upper body at least and put on a clean jersey...Plus that, some of those Spanish podium girls had to kiss me , I would hope to put on a little cologne.. Who would expect a beautiful girl to kiss you otherwise..

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    yeah...I would marry one.
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    who needs podium girls when...

    oh, just look:
    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/photos...es05/mette.jpg

    i've seen some road bunnies where i live, but....lordy.
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    [QUOTE=cyclezealot]
    Quote Originally Posted by ed073
    Correct. After a win and the congrats form teammates, a rider is cleaned up by the soigneurs (basically a quick face wash), given a clean strip and sent to the podium. This is all done within 10-15 mins of the stage finish....

    Can't imagine the smell being disapated unles at least a clean jersey is provided..Along with a toweling of the upper body...I ride a snails pace compared to the TDFers and my jersey can be smelled from 15 feet away..The podium girls wear beautiful dresses...Please, don't cover those dresses with cyclists sweat.
    I was reading an article by a writer covering the Tour. He talked about being on the sidewalk of a narrow street in some old town when the peloton was approaching. The ODOR of the peloton was being pushed ahead of the riders so you could smell the riders before you could see them. After the peloton sped by, a foul stench hung over the street.

    Apparently, a hundred guys riding for several hours in the July sun don't smell too great, even if they bathe every day. And, by most reports, daily bathing is not a high priority among French riders. ("Hey, this is only July...I took a bath in May...") Folks who have ridden on the Paris subway at 5 p.m. will remember the foul stench longer than they remember most other "joys" associated with the French.

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    Alan..INteresting story..When I saw the TDF pass by, at probably 30 mph on the flats, I hardly saw them let alone smelled them..BUt it was a cooler day... Mid way through the stage...
    As to the smelly Paris subway..Yeah, there are smelly people everywhere..But, overall , My personal experience- it just do not find that out to be the case about the French..Spanish, Germans- somewhat..Overall, European are like everone else...
    If anything, the predominate smell is Da Vinchi..The smell of perfumes/ colongne is over powering....Well, that is the land of designer perfumes. Just my personal experience..
    Maybe even less than the US, since I claim there are fewer homeless in most of Europe...
    However, based upon how we smell after organized rides , the podium girls have their work cut out for them, unless the stage winners get hosed down.
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