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Team Sky's 2016 budget more than Movistar and Quick-Step combined

Only Katusha came close to matching Team Sky's €35.1 million outlay in 2016

Joe Robinson
6 Oct 2017

Team Sky's budget of €35.1 million for 2016 was more than leading WorldTour rivals Movistar and Etixx-Quick Step spent together for the year.

Figures published in Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsbladshowed a vast difference in the budgets of WorldTour teams during the 2016 season.

Team Sky topped the table with what was their highest annual budget ever, a figure that more than doubles the team's initial annual budget of €16.4 million in 20101.

Only Katusha came close to matching the lofty figures of Team Sky, having operated on a budget of €32 million for the year. 

Team Sky's annual budget was almost twice that of Etixx-Quick Step's €18 million figure and over double that of Movistar, whose spend totalled €15 million.

The Spanish outfit arguably got more bang for its buck, however, taking home stages in all three Grand Tours as well as the general classification at the Vuelta a Espana courtesy of Nairo Quintana.

Etixx-Quick Step also managed to secure wins at all three Grand Tours alongside a collection of victories and jerseys at one-week stage races.

From the figures published, the team with the smallest budget was reported to be Dimension Data, who spent just €13.5 million for the year. 

Despite its limited means, the African WorldTour team managed five stages at the Tour de France as well as the first yellow jersey of the race thanks to Mark Cavendish.