Women to get equal prize money in Tour Down Under cycling event

Michael McGowan
The Guardian
<span class="element-image__caption">Chloe Hosking and Alé Cipollini celebrate after winning stage 4 of the Women’s Tour Down Under on 14 January in Adelaide. Women will now have their prize money matched with men. </span> <span class="element-image__credit">Photograph: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images</span>
Chloe Hosking and Alé Cipollini celebrate after winning stage 4 of the Women’s Tour Down Under on 14 January in Adelaide. Women will now have their prize money matched with men. Photograph: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Riders in the Women’s Tour Down Under will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time, the South Australian government has announced.

On Monday the state government announced that from 2019 it would increase the prize pool in the women’s cycling event by about $90,000, putting the competition’s prize pool on par with the male event.

The initial women’s prize pool had been about $15,000.

“These athletes are at the top of their game, displaying professionalism, determination and skill during every stage of the hard-fought race,” the South Australian sports minister, Leon Bignell, said.

“It’s only fair the prize money they receive is on par with their male counterparts for each stage as well as the general classification.”

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