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Chris Froome tops list of cycling's top earners, according to reports

Will Strickson
21 Mar 2021

L'Équipe has published a list of the top 20 earners in the peloton

Chis Froome's new contract with Israel Start-Up Nation has made him cycling's highest earner, bringing in a cool €5.5 million salary.

That's according to a report published by French sports newspaper L'Équipe that listed the top 20 best paid riders in the men's peloton and looking at the list, dominated by Ineos Grenadiers, there are a few surprises.

Coming in just behind Froome, who got a €1 million pay rise by making the switch to ISN, are Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar and last year's highest earner Peter Sagan.

Geraint Thomas has become Ineos's best paid rider in fourth with €3.5 million just ahead of teammates Egan Bernal and Michał Kwiatkowski who L'Équipe says take home €2.8 million and €2.5 million respectively.

In seventh with €2.3 million is Julian Alaphilippe – lower than expected considering the fact that he gets his sponsors front and centre every time he gets on a bike – and just behind him is a trio on €2.2 million: Wout van Aert, with his new Jumbo-Visma contract, Alejandro Valverde and Richard Carapaz.

Vincenzo Nibali just misses out on the top 10 at €2.1 million, while there are six riders on €2 million: Mathieu van der Poel, Adam Yates, Primož Roglič, Thibaut Pinot, Jakob Fuglsang and Romain Bardet. Make your own judgements on lumping Pinot with Van der Poel, but Roglič needs to get on the phone to his agent.

Rounding out the list are the highest paid 'sprinter' Elia Viviani and Nairo Quintana on €1.9 million followed at 20 by Fernando Gaviria on €1.8 million.

While a few riders have had a big payday after smashing the 2020 season (or switching teams), one rider has fallen off the list considerably.

Last year Fabio Aru sat in fifth with €2.6 million, but after a few disappointing seasons with UAE Team Emirates, his move to Qhubeka-Assos hasn't been quite as lucrative. 

Top 20 highest paid riders, according to L'Équipe

1. Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) €5.5m  
2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) €5m  
= Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) €5m  
4. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) €3.5m  
5. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) €2.8m  
6. Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) €2.5m  
7. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) €2.3m  
8. Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) €2.2m  
= Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) €2.2m  
= Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) €2.2m  
11. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) €2.1m  
12. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) €2m  
= Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) €2m  
= Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) €2m  
= Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) €2m  
= Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) €2m  
= Romain Bardet (Team DSM) €2m  
18. Elia Viviani (Cofidis) €1.9m  
= Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) €1.9m  
20. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) €1.8m