'Podium girls are being treated as objects'

Team Sky's Mikel Landa welcomes the decision of the Tour Down Under not to have podium girls

Mikel Landa on the podium after winning Stage 2 of the 2016 Giro del Trentino

(Image credit: Watson)

Team Sky's Mikel Landa says that the Tour Down Under decision to do away with podium girls is an example for other organisers to follow.

The UCI WorldTour opener this year will no longer have hostesses presenting the day's winner his flowers after the South Australian government, which partially funds the race, decided to cut the custom.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.