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    The salaries of the highest paid cyclists in the world 2021

    Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) € 5.5 million
    Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) € 5 million
    Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) € 5 million
    Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) € 3.5 million
    Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.8 million
    Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.5 million
    Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) € 2.3 million
    Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) € 2.2 million
    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) € 2.2 million
    Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.2 million
    Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) 2.1m
    Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) € 2 million
    Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2 million
    Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) € 2 million
    Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) € 2 million
    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) € 2 million
    Romain Bardet (Team DSM) € 2 million
    Elia Viviani (Cofidis) € 1.9 million
    Nairo Quintana (Arka-Samsic) € 1.9 million
    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) € 1.8 million

    Source: lequotidiendusport.fr

    I presume Froome feels so guilty he gives it all to charity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I don't think it's a case of how bad the opposition is, but more a case of how good Pogačar is. What I think we're looking at is someone of the Merckx or Coppi level of talent; someone who can/will attack when leading the race and win by minutes rather than seconds. If you're a neutral, I think it's absolutely great

    What I read in the papers was that because the Olympic road race is only 6 days after the end of the Tour de France, Simon Yates felt he couldn't mount a full on challenge so he has settled himself for a stage win or two. Personally, I think that's negative. In his day, Eddy Merckx, (had he have been eligible to ride the Olympics which were amateur only), would have ridden both with the aim of winning both
    I agree. I think Pogačar is exceptional. Yates is pedestrian. And probably knows it.

    As for the Olympics? Well doing well there means you never have to work again other than open supermarkets from time to time (a bit like the Brownlees do) because the general public know your name - but winning Grand Tours mean you are immortal in the minds of cyclists, if not shoppers with trollies in Aldi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    The salaries of the highest paid cyclists in the world 2021

    Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) € 5.5 million
    Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) € 5 million
    Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) € 5 million
    Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) € 3.5 million
    Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.8 million
    Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.5 million
    Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) € 2.3 million
    Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) € 2.2 million
    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) € 2.2 million
    Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.2 million
    Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) 2.1m
    Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) € 2 million
    Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2 million
    Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) € 2 million
    Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) € 2 million
    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) € 2 million
    Romain Bardet (Team DSM) € 2 million
    Elia Viviani (Cofidis) € 1.9 million
    Nairo Quintana (Arka-Samsic) € 1.9 million
    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) € 1.8 million

    Source: lequotidiendusport.fr

    I presume Froome feels so guilty he gives it all to charity.
    Do I detect a little gender inequality in this list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    The salaries of the highest paid cyclists in the world 2021

    Chris Froome (Israel Start-Up Nation) € 5.5 million
    Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) € 5 million
    Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) € 5 million
    Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) € 3.5 million
    Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.8 million
    Michał Kwiatkowski (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.5 million
    Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) € 2.3 million
    Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) € 2.2 million
    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) € 2.2 million
    Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2.2 million
    Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) 2.1m
    Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) € 2 million
    Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) € 2 million
    Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) € 2 million
    Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) € 2 million
    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) € 2 million
    Romain Bardet (Team DSM) € 2 million
    Elia Viviani (Cofidis) € 1.9 million
    Nairo Quintana (Arka-Samsic) € 1.9 million
    Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) € 1.8 million

    Source: lequotidiendusport.fr

    I presume Froome feels so guilty he gives it all to charity.
    There's certainly a few getting by off past glories, I accept "glories" is over-egging the pudding somewhat for quite a few.
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    Back to the race, three top sprinters (four if you count Mathieu van der Poel) abandoned the race or were eliminated for missing the time limit yesterday. And they're big names: Tim Merlier (the only person to win a sprint other than Cav in this year's race), Bryan Coquard and Arnaud Demare

    Zero chance of a British rider winning overall, but if you like Cav there could be a lot more to cheer at

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Back to the race, three top sprinters (four if you count Mathieu van der Poel) abandoned the race or were eliminated for missing the time limit yesterday. And they're big names: Tim Merlier (the only person to win a sprint other than Cav in this year's race), Bryan Coquard and Arnaud Demare

    Zero chance of a British rider winning overall, but if you like Cav there could be a lot more to cheer at
    anyone else feel that the Alpecin–Fenix team have done themselves some harm?

    They've made many of the lesser races great to watch and certainly made a huge contribution to week one.

    But I can't help thinking that they were given the wild card for a 3 week tour and more or less attacked it like a one week tour and then thrown the towel in.

    Doesn't sit well with me.
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    That was something else today.
    I don't go back with the Tour beyond the mid 80s, but I can't remember a better example of a team leading out their sprinter than what we saw today.
    The overheads were excellent.
    Every time another team came up to challenge in the last few kms, the lead rider for DQS just peeled off for the next in line and they held the front and Cav had to just hold the lead for the last 150m.

    Brilliant for Cav and makes you wonder if he'll tie with Merckx on Thursday.

    Pogacar is something else, but did anyone really see Cav being back at the TdF winning stages? I didn't, but I love it.
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    Got to get Cav over the mountains now, might be a close thing but he'll have all the help they can muster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post

    Pogacar is something else, but did anyone really see Cav being back at the TdF winning stages? I didn't, but I love it.
    Er, here is what I said the day before the start of the race

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    With Sam Bennett out through injury, Deceuninck-QuickStep have brought in Mark Cavendish as their designated sprinter. Based on his 4 stages wins out of 8 in this year's Tour of Turkey, he looks hungry and fast enough to be in the running to extend his 30 Tour de France stage wins tally

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Er, here is what I said the day before the start of the race
    Chapeau!
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