Organiser apologises for bikini-clad podium girls at Belgian women's race

Lotto Cycling Cup says sorry for the podium presentation at the Flanders Diamond Tour, but distances itself from the organisation of it

Jolien d'Hoore (left) and her Wiggle-Honda teammates (Photo: Twitter/Wiggle-Honda)

The organisers of the Flanders Diamond Tour have apologised after bikini-clad podium girls flanked cyclists in post-race pictures.

The scene was branded an 'utter disgrace' by cyclist Marijn de Vries, who posted the image on Twitter, prompting organiser Lotto Cycling Cup to tweet an apology in which it distanced itself from from the organisation of the podium.

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Reports on Twitter claim that the girls were not only present for the podium presentation, but were in fact circulating around the VIP area throughout the race.

The podium presentation stole the limelight, somewhat, from race winner Jolien D'Hoore of Wiggle-Honda in her first race back from a six-week break.

With the eyes of the women's cycling world descending on Britain this week for the Aviva Women's Tour, ITV commentator Ned Boulting insists the podiums here will be a bit more reserved.

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Elsewhere, Anna Zivarts showed off her Photoshop skills with this mock-up of Chris Froome celebrating his Critérium du Dauphiné win surrounded by Speedo-d men.

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The Aviva Women's Tour starts on Wednesday in Bury St Edmunds.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.