I have known quite a few NHL players over the years, but their life(style), while not nearly as glamorous as fans would seem to think, is light years better than what I can find about Elite cyclists.
Angel Casero, winner of the latest Vuelta Ciclista d'Espana has no team for next year! Part of that situation is probably his fault, as he appears to be holding out for a team that is guaranteed to be in the Tour de France. But I find it interesting that someone of his stature has not been snapped up yet.
Of course he was not helped either by the fact that his team disappeared, and another cut back several riders for next year.
And according to Chris Boardman's book, hockey players also drink a lot more beer than cyclists can. Of course they usually weigh several stone more on average as well.