The Frenchwoman, present at the presentation of the route of the Women’s Tour de France, returned to the controversy related to the gap between the bonuses between men and women.

The bonuses and salaries of female cycling are “not enough (high) but it is the law of the market”, judged the champion of France 2020 Audrey Cordon-Ragot on the sidelines of the presentation Thursday of the route of the first Tour de France Women in 2022. “We know that today, we do not have the market value of men. We have to be content with what we have, it’s not enough but it’s the law of the market ”, replied the cyclist of the Trek team when asked about the differences of income between runners and runners.

The gap between the bonus awarded to the first Paris-Roubaix Women winner Lizzie Deignan (1,535 euros) and that offered to her male counterpart Sonny Colbrelli (30,000 euros) had been the subject of comments on social media less than two weeks ago. Faced with this controversy, his Trek-Segafredo team decided to set up equal pay between men and women.

TO?? after the next Big Loop, 50,000 euros will go to the winner against 500,000 euros to the male winner. “It’s more than in Paris-Nice (16,000 euros for the winner)”, observes the director of the new event Marion Rousse, preferring to compare the Tour de France Women to an event male of the same duration, namely eight days.

“A lot of people ask me why we don’t have three weeks of racing. With numbers of ten to thirteen girls, that’s impossible, ”judges Audrey Cordon-Ragot, five-time French time trial champion. “We would like equality right away, but we have to be honest about what we can bring in the media to the sponsors who are following us today (…). We hope that it will happen very quickly and it is this Tour de France which will be the springboard for a new era. “

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