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by Shane Stokes
November 24, 2017
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Having said in July that he wanted to study the question of salary caps in cycling, UCI President David Lappartient appears to be moving closer to such a step. Talking to Le Telegramme, the Frenchman said that teams should be free to choose what to spend on any one rider, but that they shouldn’t have an inexhaustible pool of cash.
“We have to be able to pay an athlete at the price we want,” he said. “But if we pay a lot for a rider, we have a little less money and that rebalances the forces. The objective is to have attractive races, and not that a team has the best riders in the world and blocks the race.”
He didn’t specifically refer to Team Sky, but the British squad has the biggest budget in cycling and has dominated recent Tours de France. It took the Tour/Vuelta double with Chris Froome this year. Instead, Lappartient referred to the La Vie Claire team’s dominance in 1986.
“We are in preliminary discussions and I must also discuss it with team representatives. It’s something that needs to be shared, accepted,” he said.
Speaking to CyclingTips in July, he said that other sports might provide an example. “I think we have also to maybe have a look at what has been done specifically in football with UEFA,” he said. “Of course, not with the same level. But I think this financial fair play, this sort of salary cap, is something that we must consider. It is not so easy. It is also a technical situation that must be discussed. But I think the idea is to have some very interesting races. And for this, you must have some of the top leaders in different teams.”
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