The Tour de France is one of the toughest endurance events in the world and the total prize fund for this year’s edition was worth €2,291,700.
Egan Bernal is the first South American to win the Tour and the youngest rider to have triumphed since Francois Faber in 1909, and the youngest winner ever in the 100-year yellow jersey era.
For taking the final yellow jersey, Bernal banked €500,000 in prize money plus €1,000 for the two days he spent in the leader’s jersey during the race. He also pocketed a further €20,000 for topping the young rider’s classification.
Stage winners aren’t just racing for glory, either, receiving €11,000, with cash extending down to 20th place – the recipient of which may out-sprint 21st for €300.
Stages – aside from time trials – include intermediate sprints and classified climbs. In the sprints, the winner gets €1,500, extending to €1,000 for second and €500 for third.
The financial gain on the climbs depends upon the degree awarded to the incline itself; if it’s an HC ascent, the first over the line gets €800, if it’s category one it’s €650, category two is €500, three is €300 and category four is €200.
Whoever wins the daily combativity award during each road stage gets €2,000 each day while the overall ‘super combativity’ prize winner trousers himself €20,000.
Geraint Thomas banked €200,000 for his podium troubles to boost the Ineos kitty, which when all prize money is included totals €799,200.
Taking second place, was Jumbo-Visma, who had Steven Kruijswijk on the third step of the podium, with a total of €203,400.
In last place was Total Direct Energie – who earned only €17,760 at this year’s Tour.
Even some of less popular sports bag bigger prize money than cycling. For example, Michael Van Gerwen took home £500,000 for becoming darts World Champion.
Tour de France 2019 final prize money
Team Ineos €779,200
Deceuninck – Quick-Step €189,940
Ag2r La Mondiale €55,140
EF Education First €41,710
UAE Team Emirates €22,930
Dimension Data €19,300
Total Direct Energie €17,760