The money behind cyclocross: Much like the 6 Days and the criteriums, there has always been a mystery in cyclocross about the payment to the riders to put on a show. Like another subject, there has been an ‘omerta’ on that kind of thing. Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad, has opened the account books and spilt the beans.Big cross businessThe rumours back in July was that the starting fees in cyclocross this winter would be significantly lower than in previous years. Het Nieuwsblad has published the amounts that the top riders will receive this winter. Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel will both still receive 10,000, all the other top ‘cross riders have had their payments cut significantly.Wout van Aert’s road season should have helped his winter wageThere are still a few taboo subjects in the sport of cyclocross: Wages, start money and other financial allowances are well kept secrets amongst the riders, managers, teams and race organisers. Although it looks like someone broke the omerta. Het Nieuwsblad has been able to inspect the account books and on Monday the Belgian newspaper exclusively published the start money of the top men of the mud.Where there is mud, there’s money – For someThe figures show that – partly due to the corona crisis – the payments have decreased significantly. The two best placed riders in cyclocross remain in the money. Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert still receive 10,000 for every cross race, with the exception of the…
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