Cycling’s biggest male stars are still earning millions, but those at the top of the salary stakes aren’t necessarily those with the highest UCI ranking, a report suggests.
A report published this weekend by Italian sports finance outlet Calcio e Finanza suggests Tadej Pogačar is earning €6 million a year, making him the sport’s highest paid cyclist, if the data is accurate.
The study shows the top 20 salaries for male pro cyclists in 2022. While the numbers are mostly best-guess calculations and some of the data is based on 2021 numbers, it still gives an interesting insight into the state of finances in the peloton.
There are a few insights to be gleaned from the list, not least that reputation seems to count for a lot: the names in the top-five are certainly not the "winningest" riders at the moment.
Here’s the list:
> Tadej Pogačar (UAE Emirates): €6.0 million
Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation): €5.5 million Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies): €5.5 million Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers): €3.5 million Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers): €2.8 million Michal Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers): €2.5 million Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl): €2.3 million Alejandro Valverde (Movistar): €2.2 million Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers): €2.2 million Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma): €2.2 million Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan): €2.1 million Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma): €2.0 million Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix): €2.0 million Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers): €2.0 million Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ): €2.0 million Romain Bardet (Team DSM): €2.0 million Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech): €2.0 million Elia Viviani (Ineos Grenadiers): €1.9 million Nairo […]