DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Tour de France rider Jan Bakelants has apologized for “inappropriate” feedback about feminine hostesses on the race’s day by day award ceremonies, saying he was making an attempt to be humorous.

Belgian media quoted the AG2R La Mondiale bike owner from Belgium as saying in an interview that he packed condoms for the race as a result of “you by no means know the place these podium hostesses have been hanging out.”

It additionally quoted him as saying that three weeks with out intercourse on the Tour wasn’t troublesome as a result of “there’s all the time the rostrum misses.”

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme demanded an apology.

Bakelants obliged Thursday, tweeting: “My sincerest apologies to all these offended by my phrases in a so known as humouristic itw. My phrases have been inappropriate.”

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