UCI boss David Lappartient wants salary cap for cycling teams
Nov 23 2017 04:13 pm CET

UCI boss David Lappartient wants salary cap for cycling teams
UCI boss David Lappartient wants salary cap for cycling teams
Photo of David Lappartient © FFC

New UCI president David Lappartient is determined to introduce a salary cap for professional road cycling teams.

Belgium's Sporza reports on the Frenchman's plans, which according to himself are aimed at the teams rather than the riders.

"I am against a salary cap for the riders. They should be able to earn as much as they like and teams should be able to pay them as much as they like," he said.

"What I am talking about is a ceiling for the general team budget. This means that if you choose to pay a lot to one rider, you have less left for other riders. That way you get a better distribution of the best riders between the different teams.

"Everybody wants the races to be attractive. People want to see open races instead of races that get blocked by a team with the best riders."

While the average budget of UCI WorldTeams is about 18 million Euros, Team Sky had almost double that amount at its disposal in 2016. Other relatively rich teams include Katusha-Alpecin and BMC, while teams like Cannondale and FDJ find themselves at the bottom of the financial ranking.





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