July 12, 2007
Pez interviews the podium girls
PezCycling News got to spend some time with some of the Tour's very visible hostesses, the women who award each jersey, appear at rider sign-in each morning, offer a ceremonial kiss to the jersey winner, and often do caravan duty and meet-and-greets in the finishing city.
The two subjects Pez spent the most time with award the “most combative rider” award for each day, which today was Sylvain Chavanel.
This USA Today story from 2004 explains the hierarchy of the podium women, from the elegant runway-model yellow jersey presenters, to the wilder PMU presenters, who also dance on caravan vehicles.
Kind of makes me nostalgic for the Podium Girl Gone Bad diary (which was collected and augmented for a book available here).
September 04, 2006
Hincapie takes US title
WIth a new course that covered roads near his house on Paris Mountain, and a new format that excluded amateurs and non-U.S. riders, Hincapie had only Jason McCartney as official team support, but Dave Zabriskie and Levi Leipheimer (about to join Discovery Channel) acted as de facto teammates.
McCartney and Zabriskie pushed the pace hard on the day's first trip up Paris Mountain, and -- boom! -- 40 riders were dropped. Next trip up the mountain, another 30 were shed. On the day, only 31 riders would complete the race.
He bridged up to Hincapie and did most of the work on the last lap, before Hincapie attacked in the last kilometer, taking a 10-second lead that would hold up to the finish.
I've got a Flickr photoset up with about 60 pictures from the day, including Hincapie kissing podium girl Melanie Hincapie, the Hincapie family celebrating at the start/finish, the Hincapies with their daughter, action shots of Zabriskie, Leipheimer , and Hincapie.
There's also a USA Cycling Pro Championships pool.
CyclingNews | USA Cycling Pro championships | results | photo gallery
VeloNews | Hincapie wins U.S. pro road crown
July 20, 2004
Meet the podium women
USA Today quickie on the "pecking order in the world of professional kissers."
First, Credit Lyonnaise, the yellow jersey women, who also take on a variety of other promotional duties before working up to the podium.
Next, Champion's polka-dot podium women, who do some other meet-and-greets, as well.
Third, PMU's "racier" green jersey podium women, who also do "wild dance routines ... in the publicity caravan."
Finally, Aquarel's white jersey podium women, who also help pass out the company's bottled water.
None should be confused with Podium Girl Gone Bad.
July 16, 2004
I never miss PezCycling's "Daily Distractions" feature, showing beautiful women seen at cycling events. Usually, they're podium girls, local beauty queens, or spectators, but today, they've got one I couldn't resist linking to. At left, the truly awesome Paola Pezzo.
Pezzo is the only woman ever to win a gold medal in mountain biking, taking 1st at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games. I watched her dominate the competition in Atlanta, riding so fast that none of our photos of her came out, unlike the entire rest of the field.
July 13, 2004
Don't tell Jane: Hincapie snags a podium girl
George Hincapie is engaged to a Credit Lyonnais girl he met at last year's Tour:
"I was mesmerized by her," he said. "I needed to talk to her or find her phone number.
"When I first saw her I thought, 'Wow, she's beautiful!' and I wanted to ask her out on a date to have this beautiful girl with me. But that was it, I didn't think it would go anywhere."
Hincapie sent Melanie Simonneau a note by way of CL officials. The two are expecting their first child in November.
"We found out three days ago that it is a girl," the soft-spoken Hincapie said.