Lance Armstrong urges riders to 'take back power' amid coronavirus uncertainty

Wages have been slashed across the peloton as teams struggle financially due to the pandemic

Lance Armstrong (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

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Lance Armstrong has urged pro riders to "take back power" after their paychecks have been slashed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A number of teams have reduced riders' salaries and temporarily laid off support staff as budgets tighten and their sponsors brace for the financial turmoil caused by the virus, with the suspension of the racing calendar also reducing any promotional benefit their sponsorship could reap.

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