Good news in the fight against sexism and the objectization of women. The Tour de France modifies its protocol for the first time and promises a man and a woman to put the jerseys back on the finish podiums, putting an end to the traditional hostesses, a practice considered sexist. It was its director, Christian Prudhomme, who announced it in a sentence in which he presented the health instructions for the start of the Grande Boucle in Nice, on August 29.. “You used to see the champion surrounded by two hostesses, with five elected on one side and five representatives of the partners on the other. There, it will be different with a single elected official and a single representative of the partner of the yellow jersey, as well as a hostess and a host for the first time ”, he said at a press conference.
“Yes, it’s new but we have already been doing it in other races for twenty years as in Liège-Bastogne-Liège”, organized like the Tour de France by Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), added Christian Prudhomme. In 2018, another world class race organized by ASO, the Flèche Wallonne, had opted for a mixed podium. The director did not specify if they also put an end to the tradition of “kissing” the winner, but the health context seems to have got the better of this other decried practice anyway.
A petition in 2019 collected nearly 38,000 signatures against the practice, estimating that women “Are not objects, not rewards”. Formula 1 had put an end in 2018 to the “grid girls”, these young women, chosen for their plastic, who indicate the location of the single-seaters.