How much does a professional cyclist earn per year? Specific salary figures in contracts are rarely disclosed. However, the media still has a way of extracting the data. It is a fact that the world’s top athletes are enjoying very terrible salaries despite the COVID-19 pandemic which is causing a global crisis.
9th and 10th: Vincenzo Nibali / Richard Carapaz (2.1 million euros)
Vincenzo Nibali is one of the few racers in the world who has won all three major races such as the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta an Espana. Until last year, Vincenzo Nibali remained the third highest-paid driver in the world with nearly 4 million euros per year on the Bahrain Merida team. However, with “modest” results in recent years, when he switched to Trek Segafredo, his salary dropped to 2.1 million euros.
Sharing salary status with Vincenzo Nibali is Richard Carapaz, from Ecuador. In 2019, Carapaz won Giro d’Italia to the surprise of many. This success brought him a new contract with the Ineos team, placing him in the top 10 highest paid racers with 2.1 million euros.
8th: Alejandro Valverde (€ 2.2 million)
At the age of 39, the Movistar team racer Alejandro Valverde still shows no signs of aging. The day he retired from his career must be still very far away. In 2018, Alejandro Valverde won the world championship and the next goal is the Olympics to be held in 2021. Alejandro Valverde’s current salary is 2.2 million euros.
7th: Julian Alaphilippe (2.3 million euros)
Julian Alaphilippe is one of France’s best racers and has been a very important link to Deceuninck-QuickStep since 2013. The current world road bike champion is earning 2.3 million euros.
6th: Michal Kwiatkowski (€ 2.5 million)
Polish racer Michal Kwiatkowski started his career as a professional athlete in 2010 in the colors of Spain’s Caja Rural team. In 2014, he became the first Polish racer to win the world championship. Now, Michal Kwiatkowski is a member of the Ineos team and the salary is 2.5 million euros.