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Re: The Start-Up Nation of Cycling
« Reply #510 on: December 15, 2019, 16:41 »
One thing I'm wondering about is salary. You're a reserve team rider on a fairly basic wage, when you then race a week long event with the WT team will you get paid the WT minimum wage pro-rata for that week? Is that what happens with stagiaires? Fus?
For all the pages and pages spent laying out excruciating details about bank guarantees, contracts etc., the UCI rulebook is remarkably quiet on the remuneration of stagiaires. It doesn't call them stagiaires, either (in the English version), but trainees.

Trainees you might as well call interns. And internships are characterised by being unpaid.
Riders would still get paid a salary from their Continental or U23 team, of course - if they get a salary there (which is far from certain). And they get kit, a bike, accommodation, travel from their 'host team' ... but there's no rule that the pro team that wants to try them out has to pay them for that.

On the men's side, that is. For the new Women's WorldTour teams, there is such a provision:
8. the rider will be paid on the basis of a flat-rate payment for each race day or day of participation in an event with the UCI Women’s WorldTeam. The amount of the flat-rate payment will correspond to at least 50% of the amount of the minimum salary (calculated on a daily pro-rata of the minimum salary of article 2.13.177). The payment will be made to the team which will pay the rider, after deducting sums for which they are contractually responsible towards the rider.
So, if a WWT team takes on a stagiaire and sends them to, say, RideLondon (1.Pro next year; remember, stagiaires may not do WT/WWT events) and the Women's Tour of Scotland, that would be four race days which the WWT stagiaire trainee would get paid (at least) 50% of the minimum salary of a full-time rider at the same team.

However, since there is no provision on whether that minimum salary should be divided by 365 or by some number of race days that is the realistic maximum a rider can do in a season, I can't say exactly how much that would be:
The 2020 minimum wage for a directly-employed rider is 15,000 €. Since a stagiaire doesn't have a full-time contract with the WWT team yet, I'll be generous and use the minimum wage for self-employed riders (164%), which is 24,600 €.
If we assume that this will be divided by 100 race days to get the daily pro-rata for stagiaires, that would be 246 € per race day - or 984 € for RideLondon & WToS.
But I think that is overly generous, and the 24,600 € are to be divided by 365 days - however, with the stagiaires receiving this daily pro-rata for every day they're "at the races". You generally wouldn't return home between London and Scotland but stay in the UK, travel northwards, and train with your teammates - that makes it a 9-day trip. 24,600€ divided by 365 days is ~67.40 € per day, times 9 days is 606,58 €.
But remember, all this was calculated using the self-employed riders' minimum wage. If we started with the directly-employed riders' minimum wage, it would be ~41.10 € per day (or, possibly, but unlikelily, something like 150 € per race day). For this 9-day trip, that would be 369.86 €.

To sum up, a WWT stagiaire will get some remuneration. I just can't tell you exactly how much it will be - it could range anywhere between just over 40 € and almost 250 € per (race) day.

The only thing said (or rather, not said) about wages for stagiaires at men's teams is this:
In all other respects, the relationship between these riders and the UCI WorldTeam shall be mutually agreed between the parties.
Translated, that means that a rider will get whatever he (or, in most cases, his agent) can wiggle out of the pro team's tightly-closed coffers.
Or, bearing in mind how full-time riders sometimes have to 'pay to ride', the team will get whatever the rider agrees to in order to get a shot at proving himself at the pro level ...
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