Women's Tour prize money more than doubled to make it equal with men's Tour of Britain

Riders in both races will now fight for €90,000 prize pot

The front group on stage four of the 2017 Women's Tour

(Image credit: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com)

The prize pot for the Women's Tour will be more than doubled in 2018, meaning that the female peloton will be riding for the same prize money as their male colleagues enjoy at the men's Tour of Britain.

With its €35,000 (£31,000) prize pot, the Women's Tour was already the most lucrative event in women's cycling, but the extra €55,000 being made available by sponsors OVO Energy will mean that the prize money is now in line with the Tour of Britain at €90,000 (£80,000).

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.