Team BikeExchange, a women’s professional cycling team based in Australia, has raised the minimum salary of women riders participating in the World Tour to match their male counterparts.
“GreenEDGE cycling has always been a big promoter for women cycling since day 1 and this year, since the beginning, we made another step forward to support the growth of our sport by matching the women’s minimum salary to the men’s one,” a representative of the team told a portal.
“For me, now I can support my family back home, I can invest in my future, I can do more things now with the extra cash, it is really good. We put in the same amount of work as the guys, we are dedicated and committed just as much as the guys, we put our life on the line just as the guys do,” Teniel Campbell, a team member, told another portal.
“It is really a good thing. Hopefully next we see more live broadcasts so my family and friends can watch the races more but I think it is heading in the right direction little by little,” she added.
As per reports, as part of the reforms for the Women’s World Tour, the UCI has introduced a two-tier team structure—Women’s WorldTeams and Continental Teams. Increased financial requirements for the top-tier of teams included a minimum salary along with social insurances and benefits such as maternity leave.
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