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Minimum wage for cyclists,but who is going to pay that?

Measures should vrouwenwielrennen from amateurism to pick

Minimum wage for cyclists,but who is going to pay that?

The UCI calls from 2020 onwards, the revamped WorldTour for women in life and wants the working conditions of riders improve. The teams respond skeptical.

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Anna van der Bruggen in the lead in the Tour of Flanders for women. The vrouwenwielrennen is clearly gaining popularity, but the wages do not follow. David Stockman/belga

Measures should vrouwenwielrennen from amateurism to pick

Minimum wage for cyclists,but who is going to pay that?

The UCI calls from 2020 onwards, the revamped WorldTour for women in life and wants the working conditions of riders improve. The teams respond skeptical.

What will change?

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Cycling

Thijs Roelen

Brussels-No, old-cyclist Lieselot Decroix was not from the surprise of her chair when The Volkskrant newspaper last month reported on the misstandenin the team of the German teammamanger Thomas Campana.

The facts had played in 2015. Decroix, now a member of the commission vrouwenwielrennen of the Belgian cycling federation, I was able to see how the team manager as a bully tekeerging. De Volkskrant describes how a cyclist with a concussion forced, it was still a grueling stage in the Tour of Italy to drive two 19-year-old drivers is mandatory on the diet later on during a training camp because the team leader she was difficult.

The team manager despite a heavy dossier to the international cycling federation UCI still a team leads, shows how weak the position of the cyclists is. ‘The problem is that the balance of power skewed’, says ex-cyclist Iris Slappendel. ‘Everyone wants to turn pro. There are people who abuse. For cyclists, it is often difficult to say anything, because they are afraid for their place in the team to lose.’

Disease? Fine

“The most important is that the rights and obligations of cyclists and teams are clearly named and that there is control on is’

Iris Slappendel

Old-rider

Also Slappendel made in 2015 part of the team of Campana, Cervélo-Bigla. After 2016 had stopped cycling, she founded the first trade union for women cyclists on The Cyclists’ Alliance. “We have already helped several industrial disputes. I don’t want to be negative, because more and more teams are things better arranged. But we also see regularly that cyclists extreme fines to pay, or be dismissed because, for example, they are sick.’

That while most of the riders in the vrouwenpeloton would not be able to live from their cycling career. The Cyclists’ Alliance discovered through a survey that nearly half of the peloton have to get 5,000 euros or less per year.

The sport remains, despite the growing popularity, a lot of planes hang in amateurism. Something that from 2020 onwards, the possible change in, because that’s the UCI going from the WorldTour for women, the circuit of the best teams in the world, which are the main driving competitions, drastic reform (see box). The association hopes in this way a transformation to professionalism to be able to save.

“All these innovations are a first step’, says Slappendel, that if renstersvertegenwoordigster input and feedback provided to the UCI for the plans. The Netherlands is particularly pleased with the advancement of the cyclists thanks to the new demands placed on the teams will be made. “The most important thing is not that minimum wage, but that the rights and obligations of cyclists and teams are clearly named and that there is a central monitoring.”

Belgium does not count

Nevertheless, understand that minimum wage plow for a heavy challenge. The budgets should be substantially increased. ‘For us it is a difficult story to satisfy them, ” says Liesbet The Moisture, ploegleidster in the female team Lotto-Soudal. “We want to think about it, but I think the what to fast.”

As the cards are today, it does not look to be that a Belgian team to the new WorldTour will join. Doltcini-Van Eyck Sports finished last year 22nd in the UCI rankings as the best Belgian team, a top team Lotto-Soudal. Health Mate-Cyclelive was 28th, Experza-Footlogix, that next year if veldritploeg continuing, 27th. Teams who do not join the WorldTour, do not need to meet the new requirements of the UCI. For cyclists of the teams changes nothing.

For example, the names of the Belgian teams do suspect, their budgets earlier to hundreds of thousands than of millions of euros. The millions are necessary: ‘one and a Half to two million’, treasure Slappendel.

The question is where are the teams that extra budget should go to find. ‘We must hope for interest of new sponsors, ” says The Moisture. “The UCI promises more vrouwenwielrennen on tv, but sponsors want broadcasts first have seen, I think. If we are in 2020 to WorldTour want to join, we need that budget by april 2019.’ That seems impossible, although The Moisture of the calls in January to wait and see with the new manager of the Lotto-Soudal cycling team, John Lelangue.

Whom we also spoke, riders, ploegleidsters, organizers and others involved, they were all positive about the fact that there is a first step, but raised questions about the pace. Decroix: ‘We are moving in the right direction, it is good that something is happening. But as long as the teams and the organisers the changes can follow. If they have no budget, you’re nothing with more stringent rules.’

What will change?

From 2020 onwards, the UCI WorldTour for women, the circuit of the best teams in the world, which are the main driving competitions, change dramatically. Teams are required to have a minimum wage. In 2020 that will be 15,000 euros per year, then each year will increase to 30,000 euros in 2023. In 2020, there must be five WorldTour teams are, in 2022 fifteen.

Also in ladies during their pregnancy is still a part of their salary is paid, something which was not happened. In addition, teams obligatory medical insurance for their riders to exit, there will be a financial audit to take place and there are requirements as to the qualifications of the supporting staff such as supervisors, attendants and mechanics.

Races who want to remain part of the WorldTour will be more fees to pay to the teams and be required to at least 45 minutes of live television of their match to offer. Liege-Bastogne-liege and the Walloon Arrow to that last requirement won’t meet and are therefore outside the WorldTour to fall. (tr)

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