Annemiek van Vleuten backs push for TV coverage over prize money, as Strade Bianche fundraiser reaches €18,000

The winner of the last two editions of Strade Bianche says she hopes the groundswell of support will lead to more top-level races opening up for women, such as Il Lombardia

Annemiek van Vleuten at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021 (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

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The discrepancy in prize money between Omloop Het Nieuwsblad became one of the main talking points in the aftermath of Opening Weekend, with world champion Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) picking up only €930 compared to Davide Ballerini's (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) €16,000.

Flanders Classics CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel has stuck to his guns throughout the backlash, saying funds were better directed towards broadcasting the women's race live for the first time, which he argues will bring about more structural improvement to the women's side of the sport.

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