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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: No more podium girls at Tour Down Under; A review of the professional cyclist union; Froome feared a broken back after Tour crash; Tour de Yorkshire route announced; Kjell Carlström to direct Cycling Academy team; Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic development team; Holowesko-Citadel team adds four in 2017; Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving; No positive doping tests from 2016 Vuelta; Will Routley announces retirement; New research into bike saddles and erectile dysfunction; Cyclist ID law overturned; Riders on the Revolution Cycling Champions League London; Boiler Rollers – Teaser.
When the men’s UCI WorldTour kicks off in Australia in January, there’s one thing we won’t see: race winners flanked by podium girls.
In the interest of creating a more positive image of women in sport, the South Australian Government withdrew its support of the use of podium girls at the Santos Tour Down Under, Australia’s biggest cycling event, as well as funding for the so-called “grid girls” at Adelaide’s Clipsal 500 motorcar race.
According to Australia’s ABC News, this move, driven by South Australian Sport Minister Leon Bignell, is about sending a consistent message about body image.
“The Government’s paying for grid girls at the same time we’re putting money into mental health areas to help young women who have body image problems,” Bignell said.
“What we actually want to do is inspire girls and young women who come to the motor racing to be car drivers or to be mechanics or to be engineers.”
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