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Top 15 Podium Kisses At The USA Pro Challenge

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DENVER (CBS4) – One of the most fun parts of professional bike races like this week’s USA Pro Challenge for the riders has to be after a stage win when they pose for photos and get a kiss from a pretty lady.

The tradition has gone on for decades at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, and earlier this summer rider Vincenzo Nibali made headlines when he went in for a kiss and was rejected by one of the models.

Here are the top seven kisses so far in the four-year history of Colorado’s great USA Pro Challenge.

15. Ben Jacques-Maynes

Ben Jacques-Maynes (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ben Jacques-Maynes (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

We’ll start off with a kiss from this year’s race, which continues through this weekend. Ben Jacques-Maynes’ beard must have been a little scratchy for those models…

14. Lachlan Morton

Lachlan Morton (credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Lachlan Morton (credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

… but Lachlan Morton’s moustache was smooth as silk last year.

13. Patrick Gretsch

Patrick Gretsch (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Patrick Gretsch (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Patrick Gretsch was one of the first riders to notch a win in the history of the USA Pro Challenge. This pic was taken in 2011 after the first stage of the first race.

12. Tim Duggan

Tim Duggan (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tim Duggan (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

These kisses look like they tickled Tim Duggan a little bit.

11. Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez

Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Francisco Jarley Colorado Hernandez was sporting braces during his moment in the spotlight …

10. Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Peter Sagan (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

… and Peter Sagan showed off some eye black, something not commonly seen on the racing circuit. However, it doesn’t look like he applied it very well.

9. Tyler Farrar

Tyler Farrar (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Tyler Farrar (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

The model on the right is giving Tyler Farrar such a strong smooch in this pic that it look like she might break her nose. This is also one of the few times one of the ladies has their eyes open.

8. Gavin Mannion

Gavin Mannion (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Gavin Mannion (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Some of these riders look awfully young. In fact, Gavin Mannion was accepting the Best Young Rider’s Jersey in 2012 when he got this double kiss …

7. Joe Dombrowski

Joe Dombrowski (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Joe Dombrowski (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

… And Joe Dombrowski won the Best Young Rider’s Jersey in Stage 5 in 2012.

6. Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Levi Leipheimer (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The bright Colorado sunlight spilling down onto the podium when this photograph was taken give it an almost artistic feel.

5. Rafael Montiel

Rafael Montiel (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rafael Montiel (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Come on, Rafael! Smile! You can do it, I know you can!

4. Jens Voigt

Jens Voigt (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jens Voigt (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

… that’s the kind of smile we expect! Good job, Jens.

3. Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales

Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Another example of a great smiling, happy rider.

2. Tom Danielson

Tom Danielson with his son on his shoulders (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Tom Danielson (credit: Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Tom Danielson kept his son on his shoulders through the festivities after being awarded Stage 4’s King of the Mountains Jersey in 2012. Danielson’s son looks like he might like a kiss, too.

1. Danny Summerhill

Danny Summerhill (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Danny Summerhill (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

And it’s not clear how Danny Summerhill was able to keep from dropping the flowers he was holding in his right hand with the pure affection these two ladies showed him on Monday in Aspen.

Bonus Photo

Lachlan Morton (credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Lachlan Morton (credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Check out how tall these high heels are on these models kissing Lachlan Morton!

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