cheap timberland mens boots How much do professional cyclists earn
Three weeks in a saddle for 200km per day in the blistering heat and pouring rain; riding up climbs too steep and long to be classified; crashes, falls and injuries it’s hard life being a professional cyclist.
The average rider will race over 10,000km in a year, in 80 days of racing, spending 220 days away from home sharing shabby hotel rooms with team mates rather than their wives and girlfriends.
Big teams such as BMC Racing, Etixx Quick Step, Astana, Katusha, Movistar, Team Sky and Tinkoff Saxo will spend between 75 per cent and 80 per cent of their budget on riders.
Vincenzo Nibali earned a pay rise for winning the 2014 Tour de France
Chris Froome two Tour de France wins earn him a salary of around per year. His main rival, Alberto Contador, is on a similar salary. Vincenzo Nibali, the 2014 winner, we are told, earns a little less at around increase with performance. As a new rider Froome would have earned when he was signed for Team Sky. As a super domestique for Sir Bradley Wiggins, he was probably earning just over
Peter Sagan is one of the highest paid riders in the peloton
Big name sprinters are also earning in the millions. Mark Cavendish, we are told, earned a year at Etixx Quick Step and Peter Sagan is rumoured to be earning just over as part of the Tinkoff Saxo team.
Sky Sports News HQ spoke to a number of cycling insiders to find out what drives up that price.
One told us that salaries are market driven. Despite cycling now following a similar model to professional football, with agents attempting to strike big deals for their athletes, it is the demand that sets the price.
Teams are looking for the career trajectory of a rider, so a young rider showing promise can demand much more than an older rider with a stand out performance.
director of Trinity Sports Management, represents a large number of English speaking riders. He said that, obviously, wins are the key driver in pushing up a cyclist’s value, but there are other factors.
Rohan Dennis took the first yellow jersey of the 2015 Tour and could be in for a rise in salary
rider’s age can push up their value, he said. “Rohan Dennis is an example of an athlete with great recent performances but has great career potential and a great career ahead of him, which will drive up his price. is also key. Chris Froome gets a big pay cheque because he rides for a British team.
McQuaid said: not just a rider nationality, it a mix of factors, including the team they are going to and why that team wants that rider. For example, a team may have a British sponsor and so want a British rider.
“Lots of teams are sponsored by bike manufacturers, so it serves their purpose to have riders from that nation and they want good riders from those nations. The perfect rider for them will get the rider a good salary. World Championship win or an improvement in the UCI WorldTour ranking could get a rider a pay rise of between to our insider told us.
Dan Martin won the Liege Bastogne Liege classic in 2013 to increase his standing
Another insider told us Irish rider Dan Martin would have received an increase in salary from to after his Liege Bastogne Liege classic win in 2013.
In cycling, usually only one rider is the team leader and the rest of the team consists of domestiques or helpers riders whose main aim is to get their leader on to the podium, sacrificing their own ambitions.
There is however a huge difference in domestique value. Basic domestiques can get between and a year.
One unnamed agent said a normal wage for a young rider is The minimum wage is just over for a professional. If they do well, they might double that, then if win a few races and show good potential, they can get up to they start to perform among some of the best in the world but not get wins, it roughly If they win Grand Tours, it anything from for a Giro d’Italia win to for a Tour de France win. Classics winners are earning roughly to per year.
Geraint Thomas performs a huge role for Chris Froome on the flat and in the mountains
If a domestique could win in their own right at other races away from the Grand Tours, then they can demand big money. Examples would be Team Sky’s Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas. They would earn between and because they can demonstrate a capability of winning at WorldTour level. A super domestique needs to show consist development and consistent performance.
A stand out performance like Wiggins showed in the 2009 Tour would easily get a rider into the seven figure salary bracket.
McQuaid said: “A super domestique is someone who could win races by themselves. Mark Renshaw is a great example. He could go to any team as a sprinter and win four to five races or stages a year, but he sacrifices his chances to instead be a super domestique for Mark Cavendish.
“He strong enough to win races in his own right but he uses his skill and strength to help team mate Mark Cavendish. This separates him from the rest. it may seem that the Tour is the shop window for deals, negotiations would have been ongoing since early spring. Agents and scouts are now starting much earlier.
There is no doubt a great performance at the Tour can help contract negotiations, but teams are now more cautious about freakish performances. They are now scouting all year round at the smaller, non televised races. They be checking continuously on rankings. What to an outsider is sometimes a stand out performance could actually be a natural progression of talent.
Nibali’s Astana team was caught up in a series of doping scandals in 2014
And in the era of doping awareness,
teams do not want to be burnt. No team sponsor wants a cheating scandal to tarnish their company image.