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The 2018 Girls’s Tour can have its personal devoted tv protection

Britain’s Hannah Barnes believes different biking occasions can be taught from how the Girls’s Tour champions equality with its males’s model, the Tour of Britain.

This 12 months the Girls’s Tour has greater than doubled its prize fund to match the sums awarded within the males’s race.

“It is an enormous deal and I am actually proud. I really feel the game is shifting in the suitable route and I really feel Britain is to thank for that,” Barnes informed BBC Sport.

“I imagine everybody goes to need to compete with the British races.”

The Girls’s Tour runs over 5 phases, starting in Framlingham, Suffolk on 13 June and ending in Colwyn Bay, north Wales on 17 June.

Organisers of the occasion introduced in March that they planned to increase the prize fund for this fourth version by 55,000 euros (£48,434) to 90,000 euros (£79,257).

This 12 months’s Tour de Yorkshire additionally had the identical prize cash on provide for each the boys’s and ladies’s races.

In the meantime, the Girls’s Tour Down Beneath drew reward in January when it introduced equal prize cash from subsequent 12 months.

Nevertheless, in many ladies’s biking occasions the sums supplied to the peloton might be paltry.

5-time world champion Ellen van Dijk adopted up the controversy with this tweet: “For the report that is what each rider of the workforce in that race received. So races like Tour de Yorkshire (and for instance Prudential Journey Classique) are distinctive with their quantity of prize cash. Thanks @letouryorkshire, you are doing an important job! #WTDY”

“We do lots of races the place it is troublesome to take a look at the prize pot for women and men as generally it is 1000’s and 1000’s of euros distinction,” added Barnes.

“There’s extra to be executed however I am actually glad to be a part of girls’s biking in the mean time.

“To have executed this 10-15 years in the past would have been an enormous wrestle. Now I really feel prefer it’s not a battle anymore and it is getting in the suitable route.”

One other distinction with the Girls’s Tour is that it’s going to have its personal devoted tv protection as a substitute of the previous few kilometres being proven earlier than the beginning of a males’s race.

“Quite a lot of the time we’re competing for the limelight,” defined Barnes.

“In Flanders and the Ardennes it is nice that we’ve a girls’s race however behind your thoughts you suppose the gang are there to see the boys come by way of afterwards. However with the Girls’s Tour everyone seems to be there to look at us race and that is actually particular.”

Finally 12 months’s version, Barnes completed third within the basic classification, additionally claiming the jersey for finest British rider.

She adopted that by taking an impressive stage win on the Giro Rosa – considered the most important stage race in girls’s biking,

This 12 months the 25-year-old enters the Girls’s Tour as Nice Britain’s highest-ranked elite girl and says the race is one among her targets for the 12 months.

“Final 12 months I believe I shocked fairly a number of individuals,” mentioned Barnes.

“I got here second in two phases so this 12 months one among my objectives is to win a stage. This 12 months the phases look rather a lot tougher however I really feel stage racing is my forte and I get higher because the race goes on.

“Having the British Nationwide Street Championships developing round 10 days after, for me, it is a actually vital three weeks to concentrate on these two foremost targets.

“I’ve gained the nationwide jersey earlier than and actually miss it so I might like to win that race once more.”

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