|The 2022 edition of the Women’s Tour of Flanders will offer the same prize money purse as the men’s race. As part of the ‘Closing the Gap project,’ the organisers will pay €50,000 as a total prize purse for each of the women’s and men’s events, and the winners of each race will be paid €20,000. From 2023 onwards, it is planned to equalise the prize money for all the other spring races including Omloop Het Niewsblad, Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Schelderprijs and Brabanse Pijl.
Flanders Classics will apply for Omloop Het Niewsblad and Dwars door Vlaanderen to join the WorldTour race calendar in 2023. The organisers are also aiming to add a seventh race to their current six women’s events.
Thalita de Jong is returning to the team where she started her career. As of 1 June, the Dutch rider will race for Liv Racing Xstra. She has signed a contract up until the end of 2023.
Technology Company Dstny will partner with Lotto Soudal, starting in 2023. The agreement with the team will run until at least the end of 2024 and the squad will race under the new name of Lotto-Dstny.
The 2022 UCI Gravel World Series is reported to be starting in the Philippines on 3 April and is one of 14 races that will run through to September. Races will also be held in France, Poland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands and Spain. A date for the World Championships has not yet been announced.
Four-time World Champion Kaarle McCulloch will be joining the Great Britain Cycling Team as its new Women’s Sprint coach. The Australian track rider retired last year after a successful 15-year career in cycling.
Lizzie Deignan will take the 2022 season off due to her pregnancy. However, she has signed a contract extension with Trek-Segafredo and will return to racing in 2023.
World champion Elisa Balsamo has resigned from the Italian State Police, as her involvement with this state organisation was considered inconsistent with the status of a professional rider. Since 2015, the Police Force has been a supporter of female riders who may be otherwise unable to make a living from racing.
The Cyclists’ Alliance has introduced a new rider hotline that allows easier access for riders who require support, to file complaints and seek advice on a range of issues.
The Tour Series will feature a number of innovations as part of their commitment to supporting gender equality in cycling. Measure include equal race time for men and women and the continuation of the equal prize fund. Women’s races will also follow the men’s at selected rounds.