Crowfunding campaign shows our races deserve to broadcast, says Anna van der Breggen

More than €26,000 was raised to add to the prize pot of the women's Strade Bianche, but the world champion rails against the fact only the last 22km were broadcast

Strade Bianche 2021 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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World champion Anna van der Breggen has said while the riders of SD Worx are thankful for the money crowdfunded for the winner of Strade Bianche, her team-mate Chantal van den Broek-Blaak having crossed the line first, she hopes it will prove to the UCI and race organisers that women's racing deserve to be broadcast properly live on television, with only the final 22km of the women's Strade Bianche aired.

€26,000 was raised by a crowdfunding campaign launched by a fan after outcry over the discrepancy between the €930 on offer for the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner compared to the €16,000 for the man across the line first. At Strade Bianche a week later, the male winner was allotted €16,000 compared to just €2,256 for the rider who won the women's race.

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