Women’s Tour aim for prize money equality after 2021 setback

Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) at the Women's Tour 2021
Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) at the Women's Tour 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

SweetSpot, the organisers of both the men’s Tour of Britain and the Women’s Tour, will ‘absolutely’ aim to restore parity in financial prize money across both races in 2022 after the women’s purse was cut this year.

The two races shared equal prize money in 2018 and 2019 with OVO – the previous sponsor of the Women’s Tour – kicking in roughly £10,000 in order to give parity with the men’s Tour of Britain. The UCI regulations stipulate that men’s and women’s races have to provide a minimum prize fund and while SweetSpot abide by those regulations the Women’s Tour has seen the prize fund drop with the overall winner set to take home just under €3,000 this year. In 2019, the winner of the women’s race enjoyed a fund of around €14,000. OVO stepped back from their sponsorship with AJ Bell taking over the title sponsorship this year.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.