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Salary caps in pro cycling? It could happen, says UCI chief David Lappartient

Salary caps in pro cycling? It could happen, says UCI chief David Lappartient

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Salary caps in pro cycling could become “a thing” sometime soon.

UCI chief David Lappartient told Wielerflits that he is considering measures to bridge budget gaps at the top of pro cycling.

“It is true that we are currently discussing with the [men’s team’s group] AIGCP to get more balance among the WorldTour teams,” Lappartient told Wielerflits . “A budget ceiling or salary cap are matters that are discussed. We are not yet ready to go into the details.”

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