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Equal prize fund for men and women at Prudential RideLondon

Laura Trott RideLondon
Josh Cunningham
30 Mar 2016

Both the men's Prudential Ride London Classic and women's Prudential Ride London Classique to receive equal prize fund of €100,000

In the week following news that the women's event at the Tour de Yorkshire will receive the same £50,000 prize fund, it has been announced that the women's Prudential Ride London event has also established economical parity.

The winner of both the women's and men's events, scheduled for Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July respectively, and due to be shown live on BBC, will receive €25,000 each. The winning teams are set to take home €10,000 between them, with a further €12,000 up for grabs in intermediate sprints, making the Ride London Classique the most lucrative race in any women's World Tour event. 

'We believe in equality in sport,' said event director Hugh Brasher, who is also director of the London Marathon.  'Last year, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic became the world’s richest men’s one day race and we believe that it is right that the prize money for our new UCI Women’s WorldTour event matches that, setting a new standard for women’s cycling.'

Laura Trott, who won the inaugural women's Prudential Ride London event in 2013, said: 'Prudential Ride London has pioneered incredible change in women’s cycling - first with live television coverage, then live cameras on bikes last year, and now with record prize money and parity with the men’s race.'

The women's race features a circuit around central London, while the men's course incorporates a loop out into Surrey, and both retain the famous finishing straight of The Mall. They are due to be held as part of a larger cycling festival in the capital that weekend, which will also hold the popular 100 mile sportive.

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