Tour De Yorkshire: Prize money for women’s one-day race higher than for the men’s three-day race

A piece published on the website of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the political party of which I’m the chairman, in May 2018:

Our thanks to a supporter for this. Extracts:

Tour de Yorkshire organisers have turned this year’s race into the most lucrative on the women’s calendar, offering a first prize for the one-day event that will exceed the men’s winnings for their three-day stage race over the same weekend…

“Compared to our men’s race, if a rider won all three stages in that, and the overall, they would make €14,000, so that is 40% more,” said Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. The total prize purse will be €63,623. “The aim was always to create the most lucrative women’s race on the planet,” Verity added. “There are three things women cyclists have been asking for: the same course as the men, the same media coverage and financial parity. [J4MB emphasis. Confusing. Have the women cyclists not been asking for a race of the same duration as the men’s race? An oversight, surely?] All three are valid criteria and we hope we can address all three. What I don’t want is for my daughter to say to me: ‘I want to be a professional cyclist’ and for me to have to answer: ‘how will you earn a living?’”

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