Marc Madiot suggests riders should go on strike to force major changes in pro cycling

Groupama-FDJ boss Marc Madiot
Groupama-FDJ boss Marc Madiot (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot has suggested professional cycling will survive the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting only a revolution by the riders can force a change to the sport's weak business model and disrupt the private ownership and control of major races like the Tour de France.

The often outspoken Frenchman has almost always sided with Tour de France organiser ASO, recognising their skills at making the Grand Boucle a global event. However, as several major teams cut or defer salaries and may not survive, he seems to admit professional could have followed a very different path if the sport was not dominated by privately owned companies. It appears to be a call for change and a call to arms for the riders.     

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.