There’s no high ground to claim, I want that to be clear. In women’s cycling, however, there doesn’t seem to be a culture of reduced sentences as a thank you for accepting ownership of cheating. It’s also far less often that riders get a true second chance; riders often get no route back or are forced to race individually away from the professional scene. You also certainly can’t claim it’s being done for financial gain, so why do it? Why risk your health, both physical and mental, for so little? For those not familiar with the rewards available to female cyclists, I’ll show you a few random prizes:
3rd Place in Tour of Flanders – 564 Euros
Winner – UCI 1.1 one day race – 379 Euros
5th place in stage of UCI 2.1 stage race – 99 Euros"