- Vuelta first of Grand Tours to end tradition of podium girls
- Custom branded sexist by some
- Vuelta winners will be sharing podium with women and men
It's a change organizers of the three-week race, which started August 19, have made after much discussion in Spain about all-female podiums in sports including cycling and motor racing, which is increasingly seen as old-fashioned and sexist.
"We couldn't stay out of the debate because we are using all girls on the podium," Vuelta race director Javier Guillen told CNN by phone.
"But the first thing we want to keep is those jobs for those professional people who are doing very well," he said.
"We are not removing the ladies from the podium, but what we are doing is introducing a male host, we will combine a man and woman in an alternative way."