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Photo: Cyclist Under Fire For Pinching A Podium Girl’s Backside

Cycling rising star Peter Sagan grabs a woman’s bottom during medal ceremony.

Peter Sagan came in second in yesterday’s Tour of Flanders, a one-day event that saw a thrilling duel come down to the last few miles.

It’s not Fabian Cancellara’s victory that’s making news, though; it’s Sagan’s move to pinch the behind of a podium girl.

Sagan caught flak from all corners of the cycling world, as well as from without. “Shame that Peter Sagan has so much class on a bike and so very little off it,” tweeted British rider Michael Hutchinson.

While the position is still in demand, the Tour de France whittles down 500 “hostess” applicants to 50 women each year—the job description is, basically, look pretty and don’t do anything else.

At the 2003 Tour de France, George Hincapie’s eye was caught by a blonde podium girl named Melanie Simmaneau. She handed him a stuffed lion. He passed her a note. The two starting dating, and Simmaneau was fired for fraternizing with a rider. (They’re now married, with two children.)

Sagan, a 23-year-old Slovak, later apologized for his grab.


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