On Tuesday, cycling’s governing body Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced that it was raising the minimum wage for some pro riders in 2018.
This is the first time in five years that the UCI has increased pay for its athletes, which is something for the cycling world to celebrate. But some fans hesitate to fully embrace the new decision because it doesn’t include female athletes.
The lowest paid male racers on the WorldTour riders will get close to €2,000 extra per year, while for Pro Continental riders will receive €605 more per year. WorldTour athletes are guaranteed a €38,115 salary while Pro Continental racers will get a minimum salary of €30,855.
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UCI has yet to determine whether or not it will even offer women a minimum wage, which is sparking outrage among some fans. Only time will tell if UCI will ever decide to pay female athletes what they deserve.