Number of women cyclists earning no salary continues to rise, reaches 34 per cent

Women's peloton racing at the 2021 Giro d'Italia Donne
Women's peloton racing at the 2021 Giro d'Italia Donne (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Cyclists’ Alliance (TCA) has published its annual survey, revealing a growing wage disparity gap between the two tiers of teams, Women’s WorldTeams and Continental Teams. The survey revealed that the number of women in the peloton that are not paid a salary as part of second-tier team contracts has increased from 17 per cent in 2018 to 34 per cent in 2021.

The results are based on 97 professional female cyclists who participated in TCA’s annual survey that covered key areas: working conditions, legal and ethics and team culture. The association also noted that the same riders did not answer the survey year-on-year, but a similar number of riders completed the survey, which is approximately 10 per cent of the peloton.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.