International Governing Body Of Cycling Cuts Leaders’ Salaries And Furloughs Staff

23 APR 2020

The international governing body of cycling has cut leaders’ salaries and put staff on enforced leave citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sport as the cause, BBC Sport reports.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) attributed the actions to the loss of a significant part of its annual calendar and the postponement of the Olympics and Paralympics.

David Lappartient - the UCI president - said, "Our international federation is going through a crisis without precedent since the Second World War.

"We have taken drastic action to enable it to weather the storm."

The CPA - cycling's professional riders association - said it would reject any cross-sport pay cut for cyclists. "We will study how to limit the problems with specific help and strategies," secretary Laura Mora said. Riders from the Belgian world tour team Lotto-Soudal have already said yes to pay cuts.

The UCI's measures include full or partial furlough for its 130 employees and pay cuts for senior leaders. The UCI has said it additionally intends to revise all projects and "resize" grants to national cycling federations, adding that 30 per cent of cycling events on its calendar have been lost.

Chief among the events called off is the Giro D'Italia, together with the 'monument' one-day races Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

ASO - Tour de France’s organisers - have not cancelled cycling's biggest event and, at present, the Road World Championships are on the schedule for the end of September in Switzerland.