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Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates tops the earnings – salaries only – of today’s top male pro cyclists according to this list (Photo: Thomas Maheux)

His agent claims he has wider appeal than any rider in pro cycling and now Tadej Pogačar has also topped the salary charts of today’s best pro riders.

The UAE Team Emirates star – a Grand Tour and Monument winner – is paid an annual salary of €6 million by his UAE Team Emirates employers, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian newspaper has compiled a list of, what it says, are the best paid riders in pro cycling at present and also set out what each one earns in base salary.

Primož Roglič (Bora-hansgrohe) is the second best paid rider, with a salary of €4.5 million, followed by Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease A Bike) on €4 million.

Then comes cyclocross and road world champion Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) on €4 million and Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease A Bike) on €3.5 million.

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) is just sixth in the rankings and is said to earn €2.8 million, less than half Pogačar.

The comes two Brits Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) and Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates), both of whom are said to be paid salaries of €2.7 million.

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) is listed as the ninth best paid rider, on €2.5 million, followed by Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) on the same sum.

Alex Carera, the agent who represents Pogačar, told La Gazzetta the Slovenia would branch out into China this year, including working on his fanbase there with Chinese social media accounts.

“No rider in my career has had such a strong appeal to brands,” the super-agent said. “In cycling, Pogačar can be seen as the most universal, the most versatile, the one with the greatest communicative reach.”

Money Men | Top 10

  1. Tadej Pogačar UAE Team Emirates €6 million
  2. Primož Roglič Bora-hansgrohe €4.5 million
  3. Jonas Vingegaard Visma-Lease A Bike €4 million
  4. Mathieu van der Poel Alpecin – Deceuninck €4 million
  5. Wout van Aert Visma-Lease A Bike €3.5 million
  6. Remco Evenepoel Soudal-QuickStep €2.8 million
  7. Tom Pidcock Ineos Grenadiers €2.7 million
  8. Adam Yates UAE Team Emirates €2.7 million
  9. Egan Bernal Ineos Grenadiers €2.5 million
  10. Carlos Rodriguez Ineos Grenadiers €2.5 million

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