If you were to go on a talent quest where you sang (say a pub karaoke night) would you be willing to give that pub exclusive rights to any potential music gig you might get for years into the future? Probably not. If you went on Australian Idol, you can bet your balls that every single contestant has their potential future rights locked up by the ten network tighter than a fishes ring gear.
What's the difference? You say you want to compete in the TdF or any other elite level cycling comp then they set the rules under which you have to compete. You don't like it? Fine, then choose not to compete, but if it's the only game in town that'll give you the kudos you seek then don't come bleating when they impose certain conditions on you, irrespective of if they'd be appropriate for the general populous. It comes with the territory. Deal with it or get out. Your choice.
I'm sooooo sick of elite level athletes getting paid bucketloads who bleat about how "unfair" the conditions are that they have to compete under.
Hell, I think that getting paid half a million bucks to play 20 friggen games of footy is pretty freaking unfair when I work all year to earn 60k too. Deal with it.
You choose to enter the elite level then you check your rights at the door and you agree to the conditions set by the sports governing body. End of story.