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by Shane Stokes
March 8, 2018
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On the eve of International Women’s Day, the organisers of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour confirmed on Wednesday that women will receive equal prizemoney this year to those in the men’s Tour of Britain. The announcement will see the women’s prize fund jump from €35,000 to €90,000, with the €55,000 increase ensuring parity with the men’s event.
“I’m so excited about the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour,” said former winner Lizzie Deignan. “The race is the pinnacle of women’s professional road cycling in the UK, and it’s an important step to offer equal prize money to the comparative men’s race. To be honest, I wish gender parity wasn’t an issue in cycling; I think I speak on behalf of most women in the peloton when I say I just want to get on and compete and be recognised fairly for what we do. So this support from OVO Energy means we can now focus on playing our part in an amazing race.”
The route of the event was also announced in London on Wednesday, with the race beginning in Framlingham on Wednesday June 13 and ending five days later in Colwyn Bay. The latter represents the first overall finish in Wales. A total of 17 teams will compete this year, including four British squads, namely Wiggle HIGH5, Trek-Drops, WNT-Rotor and Storey Racing. Details of the riders to take part will be announced closer to the race start.
The increased prizefund will see the women receive the exact same prize money for each stage and also for each overall jersey. “In short, every placing is matched pound for pound,” said the organisers. Placings on stages in in the overall will be rewarded down to 20th place.
“As organisers we are delighted by the increased commitment of OVO Energy in relation to prize money,” said race director Mick Bennett. “Their passion and support for the event will further enhance the development of the sport as well as the Women’s Tour.”
OVO Energy Women’s Tour, June 13-17
Stage one, Wednesday June 13: Framlingham to Southwold, 130km
Stage two, Thursday June 14: Rushden to Daventry, 145km
Stage three, Friday June 15: Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa, 151km
Stage four, Saturday June 16: Wychavon District to Worcester, 130km
Stage five, Sunday June 17: Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay, 122km
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