SAINT-FLOUR, France — Pretty women are as much a part of the Tour de France as the yellow jersey, sunflowers and riders’ epic treks into the Alps and Pyrenees.
The women who give stage winners and jersey competition leaders awards each day are called the Podium Girls, and they’re photographed hundreds of times during the race.
But the same women also are employed as ambassadors and work in the starting village for Credit Lyonnais, the race’s long-time sponsor a national bank of France.
Many other sponsors and teams have women on site each day of the Tour de France. They serve food, meet VIPs, welcome journalists — and pose for photos.
Here are examples of some of the women of the Tour de France: