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by Shane Stokes
August 4, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Haig wins stage six of the Tour of Poland, Sagan loses race lead; Landa grabs second stage win in Vuelta a Burgos, extends race lead; Campenaerts takes Elite men’s European time trial championship; Van Dijk powers to a dominant win and prolongs European time trial title; Bardet confirms Vuelta participation: ‘An important step’; Nieve to move from Team Sky to Orica-Scott; Bettiol inks contract with BMC Racing Team; Two year deals for Fraile at Astana and Rosón at Movistar; Taiwan KOM Challenge announces equal prize money for men and women; WM3 reacts to Niewiadoma’s transfer; Women’s Cycling Transfer Shorts; Hip surgery for Roelandts, Frison and Hansen recovering from other health issues; Interbike and Cross Vegas are leaving Las Vegas; Video: Pony infiltrates peloton in Poland
The Taiwan KOM Challenge has announced that this year’s edition will see men and women have equal prize money at the event. The top rider in each category will receive $500,000 NT, or $16,500 US at the race, which is described by organisers as one of the leading hill climb events in the world. It is 105 kilometres in length and features 85 kilometres of uphills, taking the riders to a finishing altitude of 3,275 metres.
“This move towards equal prize money grew directly from our commitment to women’s cycling and our desire to attract the world’s best female cyclists to the Taiwan KOM, to pit themselves against each other as well as the route,” said the organisers.
“Past editions have seen riders of the calibre and renown of 2016 Giro d’Italia Femminile stage winner Tiffany Cromwell, 2008 Olympic and World road race champion Nicole Cooke and 2010 World time trial champion Emma Pooley, all of whom have helped us to promote the race amongst female riders. It is our hope that the parity in prize money will attract even greater numbers of top female athletes and teams.”
The KOM Communications Manager Lee Rodgers described the step as a dream come true for those involved in organising it. “It is a culmination of five years of work with sponsors and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau to reach this point and we are thrilled. We expect to attract some major riders from women’s cycling and more female participants at all levels. We’re very happy to be a part of the drive to recognise and give greater respect to women’s cycling and women’s sport in general.”
Last year’s winner Emma Pooley has committed to returning again this year and trying to secure a second victory.