I have found an answer to one of my earlier posts about the Tour de France and the lack of female representation. The girls it seems cannot be participants in the Tour de France because they are too busy being trophy girls.
Every time an award is presented, whether it be to the stage winner or, as happened today when Lance Armstrong won his seventh tour, to the overall winner, two women are there to offer kisses, trophies, and flowers. I had noticed them before, I think. But today I really noticed them. This is the weirdest form of "cheerleader" I have ever seen. I can find no good reason to have these women there. And yet this seems to be a popular and coveted gig in France. Models try out for the chance to kiss each cheek of a sweaty cyclist at the end of the day as they help him into the ceremonial yellow jersey (because apparently he can ride hundreds of miles but can't get a shirt on without female assistance). These women are more egregious than the silly evening gown-clas statuesque women the Academy of Motion Pictures use each year to tell the famous people where to stand.
All they are there to do is fawn and look pretty. Trophy girl indeed! And what is even stranger is that their outfits coordinate with the award given. Today, the final day of the race, there were many awards handed out, all of which had a corresponding jersey and the trophy girls had matching outfits! Here is a yellow jersey/overall winner trophy girl--properly positioned in the background as all tropy girls should be (they even stand on the lower level of the podium when handing out the goods). And here is the polka dot look that goes to the winner of the final stage. And I don't know why these girls aren't in green to match the third place finisher but they still look positively Stepford. And here are some more for your viewing pleasure: best young cyclist; and someone I don't know.
So which will go first the trophy girls or the all-male contest? In my mind, they are inextricably linked because they reflect the position theTour, and the sports world in general that fails to question these things, have on women's roles in athletics.