Who Saturday at the award ceremony of the Omloop het Nieuwsblad to the flower girls in front, is it for the effort. Following In the footsteps of the Tour Down Under and the Vuelta a españa opts organiser Flanders Classics for a ceremony, with the accent on the laureates themselves. Flower girl Maja Leye is ‘master of ceremony’, but there is not more being kissed.
‘From the Omloop HNB is the ceremony for all of the Flanders Classics-voorjaarswedstrijden in a more modern, tighter jacket where the winners in the men and the women even more in the spotlight to be placed”, says the organizers. ‘The flower homage will disappear and from the organization will Maja Leye act as “Master of Ceremony”. They will be celebrating in a good direction.’
“There will be no kissing and also the flowers disappear’, confirmed Leye itself on Radio 2. Further changes there is actually not much: there is still champagne and, of course, remains the trophy there too.”
It fits according to Leye in the spirit of the time that the miss will disappear, already has the #metoo campaign, according to her straight away something to do with it. “We had been much longer look to the stage to change. I’ve always quite liked to have done in the past, and saw never thought of myself as a sex object. It is a new era and I look forward to my new role’, decision Leye, who, as Master of Ceremony the riders will still guide and also on the stage will continue to stand.