Impey wins Tour Down Under; Giro d’Italia picks wildcards: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

January 22, 2018

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.

Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU

by Neal Rogers

The Santos Women’s Tour Down Under will offer equal prizemoney to the Santos Tour Down Under after an announcement by the Government of South Australia. Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell announced the match at the annual Legends Night dinner on the eve of the Tour Down Under’s final stage.

The prize pool across all classifications in the women’s race will be more than $100,000, compared to $15,000 in this year’s competition. Prize winners from this year’s Women’s Tour Down Under will receive “a second cheque” to balance their winnings with those of their male equivalents.

That move has been met with support from the women of the peloton, with several of this year’s contingent voicing their support of the move on social media. The announcement follows the successful running of the women’s race at a UCI 2.1 classification – one level shy of Women’s WorldTour status.

Minister Bignell said discussions with new UCI President, David Lappartient had continued since November 2017 and culminated at this year’s event.

“This is exciting news for women’s sport and I’m thrilled to announce our government is providing equal prize money for female riders in the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under,” he said. “I wrote to [Lappartient] in November last year and we finished the discussion today and agreed the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under was the perfect event to lead the way for equal prize money. These athletes are at the top of their game, display professionalism determined and skill during every stage of the hard-fought race. It’s only fair the prize money they receive is on par with their male counterparts for each stage as well as the general classification.”