Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 20, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Roglic solos to Tour de France stage victory in Alps, Aru loses GC time; Kittel forced to abandon Tour de France after crash, cedes green jersey to Matthews; David Lappartient makes radical pitch for Brian Cookson’s UCI presidency; After postponed awakening from coma, Claudia Cretti shows first signs of awareness; UCI, transgender athlete settle human rights application to promote inclusive sporting environments; Cascade Cycling Classic issues statement after criticism of UCI women’s prize purse; Photo of Pawel Poljanski’s bulging veins reaches mainstream media; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 17 highlights; Video: ‘How cool is that?’ Michael Matthews gets police escort to team hotel after Stage 16 victory.

Cascade Cycling Classic issues statement after criticism of UCI women’s prize purse

by VeloClub

One of the biggest stage races in the US, the UCI 2.2 Cascade Cycling Classic –a five-stage event in Bend, Oregon – received criticism last week when it published its prize purses for the men’s and women’s professional fields.

The pro men’s purse for the entire five-day event goes 20 deep and totals a respectable $23,979 USD, $2951 of which will be awarded to the rider who wins the overall general classification. The pro women’s purse for five days of racing, however, goes 15 deep and totals a mere $8,025 USD, with the overall GC winner walking away with a mere $225, which is less than the third place finisher in one of the men’s individual stages. Responding to the social media outrage, race director Chad Sperry issued a statement explaining that the race’s UCI designation has been financially difficult for the event — and that he’d been told by several team directors that UCI designation was “far more important to them” than prize money.

“Going UCI created more costs and hardships for the race, but we felt as an organization, that it was the right thing to do,” Sperry wrote. “I created [women’s prize purse] within the confines of a very strict UCI code. In talking with a number of team directors in the past couple of years, we heard a number of them telling us that the UCI designation was far more important to them than prize money. Also, USA Cycling was strongly encouraging us to go UCI to provide more racing opportunities for top pro teams in the US, and allowing national teams to come compete.

“The prize money minimum amounts are mandated by the UCI. When we first started working on the prize list for the pro men and women’s races, we went to USA Cycling (and UCI) and begged for a variance that would allow us to take the men’s prize money and give it to the women to make it an equal purse. The UCI denied our request. So, we went back to the women’s prize money and increased it by 20% of the minimum across the board. Due to this, we have passed on the UCI inscriptions that we do in May and will not be going UCI in 2018.”

The five-stage Cascade Classic ends on July 23. The 38-year-old event has held a professional women’s race in conjunction with a men’s race since 2002, and past winners include world-class riders like Evelyn Stevens, Mara Abbott, Alison Powers, and Kristin Armstrong. The men’s and women’s pro pelotons will compete in three road races, a downtown criterium and a time trial.