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How much money do top pro cyclists make? (Here's the answer)

According to today's Wall Street Journal:

Alejandro Valverde $4 million
Cadel Evans $3.4 million
Frank Schleck $1 million
Slyvain Chavenel $1 million
Christian Vande Velde $500,000 (someone is getting a big raise soon)
Average support rider: $200,000- $300,000 (but as little as $45k)

Pay for top 3 finishing riders of TdF will be about half what Armstrong, Basso and Ulrich made in 2005.

Average budget for top-pro cycling team: $15M - $23M (with 60-80% going to riders)
Garmin-Chipolte budget: $11 million
CSC does not pay rider bonuses for winning a stage or tour. (Others pay $50,000 or up to $1 million for winning the Tour)

TdF pays the winner $700,000 (it is usually split among the team)
(Not much, but cycling tours don't have ticket sales to support payouts.)
 

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DSE said:
According to today's Wall Street Journal:

Alejandro Valverde $4 million
Cadel Evans $3.4 million
Frank Schleck $1 million
Slyvain Chavenel $1 million
Christian Vande Velde $500,000 (someone is getting a big raise soon)
Average support rider: $200,000- $300,000 (but as little as $45k)

Pay for top 3 finishing riders of TdF will be about half what Armstrong, Basso and Ulrich made in 2005.

Average budget for top-pro cycling team: $15M - $23M (with 60-80% going to riders)
Garmin-Chipolte budget: $11 million
CSC does not pay rider bonuses for winning a stage or tour. (Others pay $50,000 or up to $1 million for winning the Tour)

TdF pays the winner $700,000 (it is usually split among the team)
(Not much, but cycling tours don't have ticket sales to support payouts.)
Not bad for the top guys.

I would not mind making 100K to be a support guy.

I do know some of the bottom feeders do struggle to pay thier bills and living in Europe.
 

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DSE said:
According to today's Wall Street Journal:


Average support rider: $200,000- $300,000 (but as little as $45k)
I thought the average support rider figure was lower. Good for those guys.

Are those numbers total income (including endorsements and side ventures like Hincapie Clothing) or team salary?
 

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Just team salary. One point of the article is that sponsoring a top cycling pro and team is much cheaper compared to other sports, and has gotten cheaper since 2005 (no doubt because of doping scandals).
 

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The list seems to be TdF centric. I know there are other riders in the neighborhood of Valverde...namely Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini. I'm pretty sure Filippo Pozzato is one of the higher paid guys as well.

At any rate, I'd take my current pay if it meant I could ride as my full time job.
 

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The list seems to be TdF centric. I know there are other riders in the neighborhood of Valverde...namely Tom Boonen and Paolo Bettini. I'm pretty sure Filippo Pozzato is one of the higher paid guys as well.

At any rate, I'd take my current pay if it meant I could ride as my full time job.
Riding is only their part time job.

Not drinking beer 10 months out of the year is the full time job...:cryin:
 
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