Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Giro d'Italia cycle race winner may have a gay day

Gay men could replace the mini-skirted women who traditionally kiss the winner on the podium of one of the world's leading cycle races

A left-wing party in Amsterdam proposes they be used in the first leg of the Giro d'Italia in May.

“It should be possible for gay men to celebrate with the winner,” said Fjodor Molenaar, of the Green Left party, part of the city's governing coalition.

One rider in 10 is gay, he said. The idea is winning support in the notably tolerant city, which annually hosts one of the world's most elaborate gay pride parades.

But Albert van der Meulen, whose television station is arranging the ceremony, said: “I don't even think the race participants want to be kissed by men”.

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