Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 24, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan Martin takes Volta a Catalunya lead with stage 3 win; Jens Debusschere sprints to Dwars door Vlaanderen victory; Amy Pieters claims third-straight Dwars door Vlaanderen win; Tour de Yorkshire becomes the world’s most lucrative women’s cycling race?; Does Milan-San Remo need an extra climb?; Porte flying under the radar in Catalunya; Giro Rosa course revealed for 2016; Trixi Worrack undergoes emergency surgery following Trofeo Binda crash; Robbie McEwen on the Belgian terror attacks; Vos back on the winners’ list.

Tour de Yorkshire becomes the world’s most lucrative women’s cycling race?

by Matt de Neef

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire have revealed a lucrative cash prize for the women’s race at this year’s event, in addition to live TV coverage for one stage of the race.

Lizzie Armitstead’s criticisms of the Tour de Yorkshire have helped shape the race’s future.

Thanks to a deal with the Asda supermarket chain, the first prize for winning the women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be €20,000 (AU$29,700) — considerably more than the men’s race.

“Compared to our men’s race, if a rider won all three stages in that, and the overall, they would make €14,000, so that is 40% more,” said Sir Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. “The aim was always to create the most lucrative women’s race on the planet,” Verity added.

“There are three things women cyclists have been asking for: the same course as the men, the same media coverage and financial parity,” he said. “All three are valid criteria and we hope we can address all three. What I don’t want is for my daughter to say to me: ‘I want to be a professional cyclist’ and for me to have to answer: ‘how will you earn a living?’”

Click through to read more at The Guardian.

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