WHO ARE THE HIGHEST PAID RACERS?

Just as they have done in years previous, Calcio e Finanza has come out with a report citing the income levels of the  top 20 earners in the men’s pro peloton. Perhaps the two most surprising bits of news to arrive are that 1. Despite the popular belief that Peter Sagan is the highest paid rider, he is actually ranked in third, and 2. That while it makes sense that Tour de France champion and Slovenian wonder boy Tadej Pogacar tops the list at a whopping  $6 million per year,  it is the still recuperating Chris Froome who sits between he and fan favorite Sagan.

Other surprise entries would be current World Champion Julian Alaphilippe ranks at 7th, and Primoz Roglic doesn’t arrive until the 12th spot. Not surprisingly, no American riders ranked in the top 20. Of course the one obvious take-away is how underpaid the riders remain when compared to the income levels of many other athletes who don’t work any where as hard at their craft.

Currently, the dollar to euro exchange rate sits at  $1.10 to $1.

 

THE TOP 20 EARNERS

Tour de France 2021 – 108th Edition – Chris Froome (GBR – Israel Start-Up Nation) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
  1. Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia, UAE Emirates): 6 million euro;
    2. Chris Froome (Gran Bretagna, Israel Start-Up Nation): 5.5 million
    3. Peter Sagan (Slovacchia, Total Energies): 5.5 million
    4. Geraint Thomas (Gran Bretagna, Ineos-Grenadiers): 3.5 million
    5. Egan Bernal (Colombia, Ineos-Grenadiers): 2.8 million
    5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Polonia, Ineos Grenadiers): 2.5 million
    7. Julian Alaphilippe (Francia, Quick-Step): 2.2 million
    8. Alejandro Valverde (Spagna, Movistar): 2.2 million
    9. Richard Carapaz (Ecuador, Ineos Grenadiers): 2.2 million
    10. Wout van Aert (Belgio, Jumbo-Visma): 2.2 million
    11. Vincenzo Nibali (Italia, Astana Qazaqstan): 2.1 million
    12. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia, Jumbo Visma): 2 million
    13. Mathieu van der Poel (Olanda, Alpecin-Fenix): 2 million
    14. Adam Yates (Gran Bretagna, Ineos Grenadiers): 2 million
    15. Thibaut Pinot (Francia, Groupama-FDJ): 2 million
    16.Romain Bardet (Francia, Team DSM): 2 million
    17. Jakob Fuglsang (Danimarca, Israel Start-Up Nation): 2 million
    18. Elia Viviani (Italia, Ineos-Grenadiersi): 1.9 million
    19. Nairo Quintana (Colombia, Arkea): 1.9 million
    20. Fernando Gaviria (Colombia, UAE Emirates): 1.8 million.

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