Strade Bianche still awards women a fraction of men's prize purse

Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) donned the points jersey

Men and women will race on the same dirt roads of Tuscany during Strade Bianche but their prize money remains significantly different, with race director Mauro Vegni and 2018 winner Anna van der Breggen believing the size of the prize pot is the lesser of evils when it comes to the stark inequality that remains between men's and women's cycling. The winner of the men's Strade Bianche will share €16,000 with his teammates, with a total prize pot of €40,000. The winner of the women's race takes home just €2,256, with a total prize pot of €10,260. Some women's races, including the Women's Tour in Britain, the Tour Down Under and the UCI World Championships offer equal prize money but Vegni believes he is awarding as much as is possible. "It's true the Strade Bianche prize money is still very different but it's a lot better than it was. We've ...

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