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by Shane Stokes
February 22, 2018
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Major race organiser RCS Sport has agreed to up the prizemoney it pays out for its races, with the Giro d’Italia kitty to receive a 10% boost and an even bigger increase for its women’s events.
Professional Riders’ Assocation CPA announced the development on Wednesday, saying that Giro d’Italia boss Mauro Vegni had confirmed the agreement to CPA president Gianni Bugno in recent days. The CPA had petitioned RCS Sport last year to up the amount it pays out.
“I am satisfied with this result, which shows the organizers’ interest in meeting the demands of the riders, even in difficult moments for the economy,” said Bugno. “Increasing the prize money has both, an economic meaning for me and as well as a symbolic because it implies giving importance to the sport merit above all things.
“The prize money at the World Tour races has not been increased for too many years and I hope that other organizers can take an example from what RCS did this year and what ASO did last year. I sincerely thank the organizers of the Giro d’Italia for this step towards the riders, which will further consolidate our collaboration and friendship.”
The commitment to the women’s peloton is even more substantial, as the head of the new women’s division noted. “The meeting with Mauro Vegni, in which we asked to enhance women’s cycling, resulted in the doubling of the prize money for the women’s races organized by RCS,” said Alessandra Cappellotto. “For me it was a great satisfaction and the confirms that behind certain entrepreneurs there is above all a real passion for our sport. I want to say thanks to RCS in the name of all athletes and I hope that this will be taken for example by many others organizers as well.”