The annual Tour de France is among the most grueling races in all of sports.
But every summer, hundreds of cyclists brave the plains, the mountains, the sun and the rain of France (and often the surrounding countries) to complete the 3,500-plus kilometer trek.
Fame? Sure, names like Lance Armstrong, Greg LeMond and defending champion Alberto Contador will go down in the annals of cycling history.
Money? Certainly, the winners make some dough from winning and from the sponsorship deals that can result.
The challenge of it all? No doubt, there are some competitors just looking to see where they rank among the top athletes in the sport.
But there's another reason to race.
If you win, you get to stand on the podium with some of the world's most beautiful women.
Whether they're delivering handshakes, kisses or the radiant yellow jersey, these ladies serve as serious motivation to get your bike to the finish line as quickly as possible.
Come with me, won't you, as we take a trek of our own through some of the most lovely podium girls of past Tours de France.