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Peter Sagan highest earning cyclist on €5m a year, according to report

L'Equipe has listed the top 20 earning riders in the professional peloton and their annual salaries

Joe Robinson
20 May 2020

Peter Sagan's €5 million-a-year salary with Bora-Hansgrohe means he is the best-paid rider in the professional peloton, according to a report in L'Equipe.

The French newspaper published a list of the 20 highest paid road cyclists in the world and it was of little surprise that the three-time World Champion took the top spot.

The Slovakian beat Team Ineos duo Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, who rounded out the podium, as the British team dominated the top 10 with five riders.

Sagan is reported to be on a €5 million-a-year wage that is partly paid by bike sponsor Specialized. The American bike brand helped bring Sagan to the German WorldTour team in 2017 by offering to contribute to his wage.

Seven-time Grand Tour winner Froome sits second on the list earning €4.5 million a year, a full million more than Thomas whose €3.5 million salary earns him third in the list.

The Welshman became the third-best paid rider in the world after negotiating a new deal following his win at the 2018 Tour de France.

Coming in fourth on the list is current Tour champion and fellow Team Ineos rider, Egan Bernal whose five-year deal, signed in 2018, is said to be worth €2.7 millionn per year. 

Surprisingly, L'Equipe has reported that Italian Grand Tour contender Fabio Aru takes home the fifth-highest salary in the professional peloton with his UAE-Team Emirates team paying him €2.6 million a year. This is despite the Italian suffering from injury and not having won a race since Stage 5 of the 2017 Tour.

Team Ineos super-domestique Michal Kwiatkowski's €2.5 million salary sees him place sixth while Deceuninck-QuickStep's Julain Alaphilippe, Movistar's Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali of Trek-Segafredo and Team Ineos's Richard Carpaz round out the top 10, all reportedly earning more than €2 million annually. 

Further down the list, it is interesting to note that L'Equipe reports Tom Dumoulin to be on a €1.8 million-a-year contract at new team Jumbo-Visma, €200,000 less than teammate Primoz Roglic.

Nairo Quintana is the highest-paid rider outside of the World-Tour with Arkea-Samsic paying the Colombian €1.9 million. 

It is worth noting that these were the base salaries of riders and that many will have significant win bonuses included in their contract and earn through personal endorsements and sponsorships. A notable example of this was Philippe Gilbert during his time at Deceuninck-QuickStep.

Top 10 highest paid riders, according to L'Equipe

  1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) €5m
  2. Chris Froome (Team Ineos) €4.5m
  3. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) €3.5m
  4. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) €2.7m
  5. Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) €2.6m
  6. Mikel Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos) €2.5m
  7. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) €2.3m
  8. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) €2.2m
  9. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) €2.1m
  10. Richard Carapaz (Team Ineos) €2.1m