Women will receive the same prize money as men from this year’s Tour Down Under, the South Australian government said Sunday in what it believes is a world first for a stage race.
The Tour Down Under is the first stage race in the world to offer parity between men’s races and women’s races!
The Women’s Tour Down Under is held the week before the men’s event and this year was elevated to a UCI 2.1 classification, one level below Women’s World Tour status.
“We’re going to be back-paying the winners of last week’s Santos Tour Down Under so that they receive the same paychecks as the men. The broken bones don’t hurt any less because you are a woman. You have to do just as much work as the men to become a top rider, so we think it’s high time in 2018 that women get paid the same as the men do.” -South Australia state’s Tourism Minister Leon Bignell told reporters
Bignell said he spoke to UCI chief David Lappartient earlier Sunday, who welcomed the move.
“He’s hopeful that other races around the world will follow suit,” Bignell said.
Australian Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) was the overall winner of this year’s women TDU last week.
“Wow, not that I needed any more reasons to love Tour Down Under. What a huge step forward for equality,” Spratt tweeted after hearing the equal pay news.
We hope that all races in 2018 will follow suit and offer equal prize money to women cyclists on the UCI world tour.
Also how about a real Tour De France stage race for women?
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