Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig: Women’s prize amounts send the wrong message

Peloton at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021
The peloton at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021 where women's winner Anna van der Breggen earned €930 while men's winner Davide Ballerini earned €16,000 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Cecilie Utrrup Ludwig (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) has joined the discussion on prize money disparity, wholeheartedly welcoming the successful crowdfunding campaign to supplement, and therefore equalise, the women's payout at Strade Bianche. 

The powerful response to the 'Equal prize money for the Women’s Peloton' GoFundMe campaign, with more than a thousand people donating, topped up the prize purse for the top five finishers by around €26,000. Added to the race organiser provided prize pool of €6,298 that not only brought the women's prize purse up to the men's amount but even took the total slightly above what the top five men received, which was €31,600.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.