Peter Sagan and Chris Froome still top-paid male riders but Geraint Thomas is not far behind, according to reports

The list of highest earning riders includes a few surprises

Peter Sagan and Chris Froome remain cycling’s highest paid stars, according to reports, but Welshman Geraint Thomas is not far behind.

French newspaper L’Equipe has compiled a list of the 15-top paid riders from the men’s WorldTour peloton and there are a few surprises in there.

Former three-time world champion Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) holds the top spot with €5 million (£4.4 million), while seven-time Grand Tour winner Froome (Team Ineos) is not far behind on €4.5 million (£4 million).

But perhaps more surprising is third place in the ranking, Geraint Thomas who is on €3.5million (£3.1 million) if the reports are to be believed.

Thomas has built up an impressive palmarès during his 11 years with Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky), but his crowning achievement was a surprise victory in the 2018 Tour de France, which was quickly followed by a new three-year contract with the British WorldTour team.

Rising superstar and 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) is the fourth biggest earner, according to L’Equipe with an estimated €2.7million income.

Other riders earning more than €2 million include Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo).

Slightly lower down the list, Nairo Quintana is now believed to be the 13th highest earning rider in the world, now on €1.9 million after his switch from Movistar to ProTeam Arkéa-Samsic.

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Winner of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin is also surprisingly low on the list, with an estimated salary of €1.9 million with Jumbo-Visma, slightly less than his new team-mate and Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič, who makes an estimated €2 million.

Cycling's highest paid riders, according to L'Equipe 

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), €5 million

2. Chris Froome (Team Ineos), €4.5 million

3. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) €3.5 million

4. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) €2.7million

5. Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), €2.6 million

6. Michał Kwiatkowski (Team Ineos) , €2.5 million

7. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) €2.3 million

8. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), €2.2 million

9. Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), €2.1 million

10. Richard Carapaz ( Team Ineos), €2.1 million

11. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), €2 million

12. Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), €2 million

13. Nairo Quintana (Arkèa-Samsic) €1.9 million

14. Elia Viviani (Cofidis), €1.9 million

15. Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), €1.8 million

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