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Tour Podium Girls

Postby dsoutar » Wed Jul 03, 2013 06:18 am

No it's not another thread full of thinly veiled lechery.

Agreed, they do add a touch of glamour, but

a. They do actually do more than just pop out onto the podium at the finish and
b. They are not airhead models

Thanks to Inner Ring for the insight

http://inrng.com/2013/07/tour-de-france ... more-15882

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Pross » Wed Jul 03, 2013 06:32 am

Hmmm, yes there's more to it and a busy day of PR meet and greet work. However, just because one has a PhD doesn't mean it is intellectually challenging. I suspect personality and looks are more important criteria in their recruitment.

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Vino'sGhost » Wed Jul 03, 2013 06:46 am

Pross wrote:Hmmm, yes there's more to it and a busy day of PR meet and greet work. However, just because one has a PhD doesn't mean it is intellectually challenging. I suspect personality and looks are more important criteria in their recruitment.


Mind you the data o brain show had some real hottie astrophysicists. Just shows birds can be bright and have looks. They were all brunette though

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby estampida » Wed Jul 03, 2013 07:44 am

well she is a student so yet to pass the doctoral mark

and a lot of academics are not allowed out by themselves.........

but better that she wants more than a donkey sanctuary...........

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Crankbrother » Wed Jul 03, 2013 07:46 am

Outdated or not, podium girls add some glamour to the occasion and help improve the overall image for the sponsors ... Let's be honest, pro cyclists aren't the best looking bunch ...

Got to say it looked somewhat perfunctory at the start ramp yesterday with the guys from the local coffee shop ... The women on the startvramp at the Giro just made it seem like more of an occasion ...

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby antfly » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:07 am

It's totally cringeworthy and time to do away with this ridiculous ritual. The women racers don't have two blokes kissing them after a race.
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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby TMR » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:25 am

I don't think finding the podium girls attractive equals lechery. They are very pretty and there's nothing wrong with thinking that IMHO.
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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby TMR » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:26 am

antfly wrote:It's totally cringeworthy and time to do away with this ridiculous ritual. The women racers don't have two blokes kissing them after a race.


No. It's harmless. Leave it be. If the girls didn't want to do it, they wouldn't. No-one is being exploited here.
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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Crankbrother » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:39 am

antfly wrote:It's totally cringeworthy and time to do away with this ridiculous ritual. The women racers don't have two blokes kissing them after a race.


The only reason pro cycling exists is as a marketing tool ... Even a basic understanding of how that works should let you know that every moment of that has to be maximised ... So pretty women it is ... (a marketing tool used to sell to all types of demograph, not just men) ...

By cringing you are showing that you think it is demeaning to the women involved ... Yet they do not, far from it ... They look to be enjoying themselves and see it as an opportunity ... But if denying women opportunities is your agenda, carry on ...

(Turns on antfly's telly to see a fat sweaty woman sniffing her pitts and announcing 'I'll bathe tomorrow' while spraying deodorant under her arm ...)

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Pross » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:43 am

The Mad Rapper wrote:I don't think finding the podium girls attractive equals lechery. They are very pretty and there's nothing wrong with thinking that IMHO.


The photo in that Inner Ring article suggests otherwise!

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Pross » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:44 am

antfly wrote:It's totally cringeworthy and time to do away with this ridiculous ritual. The women racers don't have two blokes kissing them after a race.


But would anyone seriously object if women's racing did do that?

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Crankbrother » Wed Jul 03, 2013 08:45 am

Richmond Racer wrote:Best podium girl ever - Germaine...

http://www.steephill.tv/2012/e3-prijs-v ... s/page-01/


Sagan really is a master of disguise ... looking very 'handsy' ...

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby inkyfingers » Wed Jul 03, 2013 09:14 am

Richmond Racer wrote:Best podium girl ever - Germaine...

http://www.steephill.tv/2012/e3-prijs-v ... s/page-01/


Boonen is doing a very professional job of smiling, whilst also thinking "what the f**k?".
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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby RideOnTime » Wed Jul 03, 2013 09:38 am

inkyfingers wrote:
Richmond Racer wrote:Best podium girl ever - Germaine...

http://www.steephill.tv/2012/e3-prijs-v ... s/page-01/


Boonen is doing a very professional job of smiling, whilst also thinking "what the f**k?".


Has she got a PhD then?

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby inkyfingers » Wed Jul 03, 2013 09:39 am

RideOnTime wrote:
inkyfingers wrote:
Richmond Racer wrote:Best podium girl ever - Germaine...

http://www.steephill.tv/2012/e3-prijs-v ... s/page-01/


Boonen is doing a very professional job of smiling, whilst also thinking "what the f**k?".


Has she got a PhD then?


She's certainly done a long course at the University of Life.
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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Dolan Driver » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:54 am

It is interesting that the girl featured in the inner ring article mentioned that she is sometimes a little forgetful. Did anyone else notice the Podium Girl who was doing the yellow jersey presentation on Stage 1 or 2 and had forgotten or was not given the little lion to present to the rider. Bernard Hinault saved the day. His hand disappeared behind the stage hoarding and quickly reappeared with said lion. It was barely noticeable in the end. Very slick.

Presumably Hinault took the absent-minded offender, whoever they were, aside afterwards and warned them of the repercussions* if a similar incident were to occur. :evil:

*Taking an Hinault-assisted dive off the podium!

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby LutherB » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:21 am

I think it's the UCI's new method of ensuring a clean podium - didn't quite work out in the movie tho' :wink:

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby LutherB » Wed Jul 03, 2013 13:07 pm

BBC news magazine on podium girls

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23159766

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Re: Tour Podium Girls

Postby Salsiccia1 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 14:08 pm

Pross wrote:
The Mad Rapper wrote:I don't think finding the podium girls attractive equals lechery. They are very pretty and there's nothing wrong with thinking that IMHO.


The photo in that Inner Ring article suggests otherwise!


Tough crowd in tonight!

I think they're very attractive.
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