Earlier today, it was announced that OVO Energy will be increasing the Women's Tour prize fund by €55,000 to equal that of the OVO Energy men's Tour of Britain. The news came as the event organisers also released the five-stage tour course at a reception held at the Houses of Parliment.
The announcement was made on the eve of International Women's Day which celebrates the achievement of women and aims to raise awareness for equal rights, including gender pay parity. We've already seen the Tour Down Under make the same movement to provide equal prize money, as well as British Cycling who increased women's prize money to match the men's.
Attending the reception was former World Champion, Lizzie Deignan who said; "... it’s an important step to offer equal prize money to the comparative men’s race. To be honest, I wish gender parity wasn’t an issue in cycling; I think I speak on behalf of most women in the peloton when I say I just want to get on and compete and be recognised fairly for what we do."
OVO Energy Women's Tour 2018
Each year, we there's a nervous trepidation when the Women's Tour stages are announced. Where are they? How far? How tough? So, we have all the info for the 2018 event right here...
Stage One: Wednesday 13 June, Framlingham to Southwold, 130km
Stage Two: Thursday 14 June, Rushden to Daventry, 145km
Stage Three: Friday 15 June, Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa, 151km
Stage Four: Saturday 16 June, Wychavon District to Worcester, 130km
Stage Five: Sunday 17 June, Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay, 122km