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  • gpop87

    “Just 21 years of age, he’s both a dark horse for the event and also one of the most talented amateurs in the sport.” I can only aspire to be an “amateur” on a million dollar budget team ;)

    • Shane Stokes

      Under UCI rules, riders are amateur if they are on Continental teams. There’s also no obligation to pay them anything, although some Continental teams do give money to riders

      • gpop87

        You mean this rule?

        2.17.004
        A continental or women’s team will comprise riders who may or may not
        be professional….

        • Shane Stokes

          If riders from a Continental team sign for a Pro Conti or WorldTour squad, they are considered neo-pros and get two year contracts as a result.

          • gpop87

            It’s the paycheck (as per UCI rules, but also in general) that makes you a professional, not whether you are on a Conti, ProConti, or WT team. A million bucks is not much in pro cycling, but it is enough to ensure these kids a living wage. They are among the better budgeted Conti teams in the states. Amatuers by no means. Wish Tao and the rest of Axeon a great season and future!

            • Dave

              Given a team of 16 riders like Axeon, how would you spend $1 million to run the team?

              • gpop87

                I would take care of the riders first.

    • Dave

      A million dollars doesn’t get you a huge amount of stuff in the bike racing world.

  • I chatted to Tao a little bit on Instagram a few months ago when he was interested in some of my products and he seemed like a great guy, it’s good to see him getting featured on the site.

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