Team GB cyclists among richest Olympians, analysis reveals

Three cyclists made the top five of the Team GB Olympics rich list, but the list shows the stark disparity between men's and women's earnings

Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning his 5th Olympic gold. Photo: Graham Watson
(Image credit: Watson)

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome are all in the top five highest earning British Olympians, according to research into athletes' fortunes.

The three cyclists have fortunes thought to be in excess of £10 million each, but they are all behind tennis player Andy Murray.

The twice Wimbledon champion and double gold medal winner is at the top of Team GB's rich list with a net worth said to be in the region of £62m.

Gold medal winning golfer Justin Rose is in at second with a wealth of £33m, before the trio of cyclists round out the top five.

The analysis from The Sunday Times Rich List [£] reports Sir Bradley's fortune at £13m, Cavendish's at £12m and Froome's at £10m.

The three cyclists count four Tour de France overall victories and 39 stage wins between them, on top of the 11 Olympic medals they've gained.

Riders who ride solely on the track with a focus on the Olympic Games, such as six-time gold medal winner Jason Kenny, will have amassed much smaller fortunes. Kenny, in particular, keeps a fairly low profile between competitions.

However, there is no direct scale between Olympic success and personal earnings, which are far more dictated by the athlete's gender and their activities outside of the Games.

Laura Trott, four time gold medallist and Britain's most successful female Olympian - in any sport - is said to have a net worth of £700,000. A sizeable fortune for most of us, but proportionately down on her male compatriots.

Lower wages on the road for the women's peloton mean financial rewards are lower for riders like Trott.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs, and he lost the argument about using UK spellings