Mikel Landa supports exclusion of models from podium ceremonies
Jan 09 2017 11:00 pm CET

Mikel Landa supports exclusion of models from podium ceremonies

Spanish rider Mikel Landa supports the action of the Tour Down Under of replacing the podium models with younger riders for the ceremonies.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Correo the rider applauded this decision of the Australian race. "That is the way to go for all of us. There is no space for models on the podium, it is treating women like objects, to undervalue them."

Last December the Tour Down Under announced that it wasn't going to use models any longer to give the prizes during the podium ceremonies. It is an action backed by the government which intends to withdraw the support for any events that continue to use women for this purpose.

But Landa accepts that in places like Spain it can be a difficult step to take. "Here it is a settled tradition and nobody dares to take that step. But we have to admit that putting women there who were chosen because they are beautiful and have nice bodies doesn't give the best image," he commented.

The idea of putting junior competitors to give away the prizes has already been tested successfully during Australian car races in 2016. Last December the country's Sports Minister Leon Bignell openly supported these actions: "The government is paying the girls in these events while at the same time paying for mental health places to help young women that have problems with their self image."

The Tour Down Under starts on January 17 and will be the first race of the 2017 season that won't have any podium models.
Photo of Mikel Landa (cropped) by Team Sky.


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