Lizzie Deignan welcomes equal pay for riders competing in Women’s Tour

• Deignan: ‘It’s an important step to offer equal prize money’
• Emma Pooley: ‘Women’s cycling has a huge amount to offer fans’

Riders competing in the Women’s Tour in June will for the first time receive the same prize money as their male counterparts in the Tour of Britain.

The sponsor of both races, OVO Energy, has increased the women’s prize fund from €35,000 to €90,000 in order to establish financial parity. The general classification winner of both races will receive €14,600, with both male and female stage winners also taking home the same amount.

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