Female cyclist asks for "tips" after being awarded sex toy and lube for race win

A female cyclist has asked for "tips" after being awarded a box of sex gifts for a race win.

Five-time and reigning world time trial champion Ellen van Dijk came out on top in the opening stage of the Bloeizone Fryslan this week.

As she stood on the podium she was presented with not only the traditional leader's jersey, but also a price from the race’s title sponsor – EasyToys.

The Dutchwoman shared the contents of the package on social media.

It included a 'wand vibrator', a satin blindfold, a bottle of lube and a pack of Kama Sutra playing cards, amongst other items.

Perhaps most intriguing was the inclusion of a pair of 'play socks' – your guess is as good as ours.

Van Dijk was clearly just as bemused as she took to Twitter and wrote: "Prizes in women’s cycling are improving.

"You can leave tips on how to use it in the comments."

Cycling does indeed have a checkered past when it comes to awards.

What's the funniest prize you've seen awarded? Let us know in the comments section.

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Van Dijk's former rival Jolien D’Hoore was given a vacuum cleaner after winning the Ronde van Drenthe in 2015.

Male cyclists are not immune to strange prizes either.

The organisers of the Tro-Bro Leon, a race in northern France, hand out a piglet after six hours of competition.

However, it is not the winner that gets the pig, but rather the highest-placed Breton rider who earns himself a new companion.

Arguably the worst prize, though, comes at the Paris-Roubaix, a one-day race which is one of the oldest in the world.

Competitors have to tackle almost 250km roads, with a large portion on often slippery cobbled surface, but the reward for coming out on top is a slab of cobblestone.

And the winner of the mountains classification at the Arctic Race of Norway wins 500kg of Norwegian Salmon.

Those prizes make Van Dijk's seem a lot better.

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