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by Shane Stokes
September 28, 2017
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Newly-elected UCI management committee member Bob Stapleton has added his voice to the calls for a salary cap in pro cycling. The American previously managed the T-Mobile/HTC Highroad team, and has a highly-successful business background.
Speaking to VeloNews, he said that he was concerned by the huge budget differences between teams and the effect that has on the sport. “The haves and have not have grown even further,” he said, asked about the differences since HTC-Highroad folded due to the inability to land a new sponsor.
“You have a small group of wealth and teams who are dominating the sport and turnover in the mid- to lower-level teams that don’t have the money. I do think we need to level the playing field in terms of what it takes to be a competitive team. Even Alberto Contador said that budget caps and salary caps could make sense.”
He rejected Chris Froome’s suggestion that budget caps in the sport were akin to communism. “I have to laugh at that a bit,” he said. “That just presumes that money means innovation. It is absolutely the core of capitalism, that there are always better ways of doing things and always ways to make money go further.
“Maybe some economic lessons are in order for Chris Froome. I have significant respect for Chris Froome, but I don’t think that’s how communism works!
“I don’t want to get in front of teams, I want to engage with them and try to find out what matters most to them. And with the event organizers. I just feel like the discussion has not been productive for many years and now the discussion can happen.” He also said that he wants to try to develop women’s cycling.
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