Specialised joins Flanders Classics on gender fairness mission


Flanders Classics introduced extra progress at this time in its ongoing mission to assist girls’s biking. The Belgian race organizer introduced Specialised into its advocacy plans, partnering with the model to advance its Closing the Hole program.

Flanders Classics launched Closing the Hole with assist from KPMG in 2019. Its three-pronged purpose seeks to extend gender fairness throughout its six races in three key areas: reside TV protection, classification on the worldwide calendar, and prize purses.

Closing the Hole

This system is at present winding towards the tip of its preliminary four-year technique. Progress, in accordance with Flanders Classics CEO Tomas Van Den Spiegel, has been regular for the reason that outset. Requested what individuals can anticipate in this system’s last yr, Van Den Spiegel promised equal prizes for women and men.

“This yr we’ve determined to degree the prize cash for Tour de Flanders,” Van Den Spiegel mentioned. “That is simply step one in the direction of 2023, and we nonetheless have to degree the prize cash for all our races.”

Specialised joins the initiative as Official Bike Companion

Specialised Bicycles’ two-year dedication to Closing the Hole begins instantly — the model plans to attend Gent-Wevelgem this Sunday, March 27.

Particulars on how Specialised will assist Flanders Classics proceed its work to degree the enjoying area have been unavailable as of this writing. In a press release, Specialised PR Chief Kelly Henningsen spoke to the shared imaginative and prescient the partnership represents.

“This partnership is sensible on many ranges. Flanders Classics not solely represents a few of the most fun and iconic races in biking however becoming a member of them of their dedication to Closing the Hole for ladies in biking is 100% aligned with our values,” Henningsen mentioned. “We strongly consider within the work Flanders Classics has already accomplished to advertise six of the largest girls’s races on the calendar and we’re proud to work with them to appreciate equality for ladies in sport.”

The 2022 Flanders Classics season obtained underway on February 26.

Annemiek van Vleuten and Wout van Aert took the ladies’s and males’s fields, respectively, at Omloop Het Niewsblad.








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