Lizzy Banks on prize money: 'I just don’t understand, are we seven times less valuable than the men’s race?'

The Brit says she was shocked when she flicked through the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad road book the night before the race and saw the prize money discrepancy

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

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Lizzy Banks says she can't understand the discrepancy in prize money between men's and women's racing, saying of the recent Omloop Het Nieuwsblad controversy, where Davide Ballerini won €16,000 compared to Anna van der Breggen's €930, that there's no way the women are seven times less valuable than the men.

"I just don’t understand, are we seven times less valuable than the men’s race? I don’t think so," Banks told Eurosport for a special International Women's Day programme.

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