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A blueprint for the future of professional cycling

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Purpose - Professional road cycling has the capacity to be a major worldwide spectator sport, but has yet, in the eyes of many, failed to realize its full potential. There is a growing awareness that profound reforms are crucial for the sport's future success. The purpose of this paper is to explore the conditions which the sport must address, and define a new business model for professional road cycling. Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses qualitative data to screen professional road cycling's current business model, and to present a coherent vision on the changes needed to reform the sport. Information was gathered from archival material and from talks with stakeholders. Findings - The paper presents a blueprint for the future of professional cycling. It identifies 6 vital building blocks and 25 specific action points, beginning with the idea that professional road cycling needs a stable business model that produces a valuable core product. Originality/value - Professional road cycling is is conservative by nature and changes are extremely difficult to implement. This contribution presents a glimpse of one possible future for professional cycling, if cycling's policy makers acknowledge the need for profound reforms of the sport and are willing to make the necessary changes.
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Business model, Organizational change, Sports management, Tour de France, Professional road cycling, Sport governance, UNCERTAINTY, GOVERNANCE, LEAGUE

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Van Reeth, Daam, and Wim Lagae. “A Blueprint for the Future of Professional Cycling.” SPORT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, vol. 8, no. 2, 2018, pp. 195–210, doi:10.1108/sbm-02-2017-0010.
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Van Reeth, D., & Lagae, W. (2018). A blueprint for the future of professional cycling. SPORT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 8(2), 195–210. https://doi.org/10.1108/sbm-02-2017-0010
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Van Reeth, Daam, and Wim Lagae. 2018. “A Blueprint for the Future of Professional Cycling.” SPORT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL 8 (2): 195–210. https://doi.org/10.1108/sbm-02-2017-0010.
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Van Reeth, Daam, and Wim Lagae. 2018. “A Blueprint for the Future of Professional Cycling.” SPORT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL 8 (2): 195–210. doi:10.1108/sbm-02-2017-0010.
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Van Reeth D, Lagae W. A blueprint for the future of professional cycling. SPORT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL. 2018;8(2):195–210.
IEEE
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D. Van Reeth and W. Lagae, “A blueprint for the future of professional cycling,” SPORT BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 195–210, 2018.
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Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses qualitative data to screen professional road cycling's current business model, and to present a coherent vision on the changes needed to reform the sport. Information was gathered from archival material and from talks with stakeholders. 
Findings - The paper presents a blueprint for the future of professional cycling. It identifies 6 vital building blocks and 25 specific action points, beginning with the idea that professional road cycling needs a stable business model that produces a valuable core product. 
Originality/value - Professional road cycling is is conservative by nature and changes are extremely difficult to implement. This contribution presents a glimpse of one possible future for professional cycling, if cycling's policy makers acknowledge the need for profound reforms of the sport and are willing to make the necessary changes.}},
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  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/sbm-02-2017-0010}},
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