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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Podium Girls in prospect

Marie, Sabrina, Mèlanie and Alexandra at the polka dot jersey launch for the Tour de France last week

The Tour de France begins in two weeks, with the prospect of enjoying that hated object of derision by extreme feminists (and wimpy, girly men), the podium girl.

Personally, Triple P can't object to these women making a living by being lovely and personable (the latter being a key criteria). Actually, the pay is not that good, just a couple of thousand euros for a three week tour (although they get food, travel and accommodation costs) but the exposure for models is worth it.

The Giro del Trentino girls enjoy some April sun earlier this year

They also do a lot of corporate PR work for their sponsors as part of their 12 hour working day, which probably isn't always pleasant.  Still, better than working in a supermarket, although, to be fair many of those at the big tours are well educated students.

If there is anything better than a podium girl it's a podium girl dressed (inexplicably) as a fantasy air hostess, as at this year's Giro start.

Laura, Giorgia, Giorgia, and Rita at the Giro

There were some lovely women representing the Giro this year, including madrina Giorgia Palmas (centre, above), who we featured over on Venus Observations in our Giro special in May.

Laura Pagnan

Miss Italy 2008 contestant (she was Miss Liguria) Laura Pagnan has a degree in telecommunications engineering, so is no dumb blonde (well, she probably isn't a blonde, really).

Next month we also have the Tour of Poland as well ,which engendered this fine wide angle shot of their girls at the beginning of the time trial last year.

Agent Triple P has travelled to Poland a lot over the last fifteen years and there are, indeed, some lovely women there and the Tour de Pologne is famous for the high quality of its podium girls..

The Tour of Poland route announcement in Warsaw earlier this year had some of the podium girls on parade.  The lady in the middle isn't a podium girl, we should add, but an official of the international cycling union, the UCI.

While we enjoyed the young ladies at the Giro d'Italia this year nothing quite competes with the phalanx of leggy lovelies at the Tour, who are the ne plus ultra of podium girls from any country and in any sport. Many of them have been former or current holders of the Miss France title, one of the more difficult beauty pageants to win, we would have thought.

Of course not all women on a cycling podium are podium girls and we love this joyous shot of the Twenty16 Ridebiker team after winning the team title at the 2016 women's Tour of California.  Well done, ladies!

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