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What is the pay scale for TDF pros ?(6 posts)

What is the pay scale for TDF pros ?davidl
Jul 4, 2001 8:21 PM
Does anyone know how much the TDF Postal - and other teams - are paid ? I know Lance and Jan and the other stars are rolling in it [pardon the pun], but how about the other 8 guys from #2 to the domestiques? Is there a salary cap like in some American pro sports - is there a minimum wage - do these guys just do it for the honor of it? Bob Roll always talks about how little he was paid - is that still the case? Just curious...
re: What is the pay scale for TDF pros ?CyclingWolf
Jul 4, 2001 9:32 PM
If I recall I think Lance makes about $2 Mil from USPS not counting endorsements etc. Here is a link that goes in to detail about winnings of the TDF
Lance not typicalColnagoFE
Jul 5, 2001 11:23 AM
i imagine most TDF riders are not making that much.
Pay Scales...TJeanloz
Jul 5, 2001 12:17 PM
Pay scales for the teams are generally pretty steep for the stars and pretty light for everybody else. Superstars (i.e. grand tour winners, Paris-Roubaix contenders etc) command up to $2million. 'Stars' like Roberto Heras, Axel Merckx, Hincapie, might approach $1million, but are more likely in the $500-750,000 range. Good, long term domestiques (Frankie Andreau) pull around $100,000-$200,000. Other domestiques are around between $30,000 and $75,000. First year pros often do not get any salary at all. That's salary, there is a big bonus structure though. The winner of the Tour (or any big prize) will typically distribute his winnings to the rest of his team as a bonus. So a domestique might only make $30,000; but if he's on the TdF champion's team, his total comp might jump to $100,000 or more.
Pay Scales...Velocipedio
Jul 5, 2001 5:03 PM
Wasn't it Anquetil who began the tradition of the TdF champion shaing-out his winnings with his teammates?
Don't forget the post-Tour kermessesmr_spin
Jul 5, 2001 5:17 PM
Immediately after the Tour, there are traditional Kermesse races held, usually in Belgium. These are basically criteriums that are more exhibitions than serious races. The winner is pre-arranged, and it is usually the Tour winner or some other big name. The stars are paid appearence fees to show up, which is partly why the Tour winner gives up his share--because he will make it up at the Kermesses. Wasn't it amazing that Lance "won" two races in the week after his 1999 win? Not really! In 2000, I don't think he took part.