The Tour de France’s yellow jersey is perhaps one of the most iconic prizes in the sporting world, but the winner doesn’t just bag himself the fabled maillot jaune – the Tour de France is big business and the prize money reflects that.
There’s financial reward up for grabs for stage winners, classification leaders and, in fact, every rider who finishes the three-week race.
For his perseverance, Geraint Thomas won a purse of €500,000, or about $582,000. That money, though, is put into a pot to be shared with other riders and crew on Thomas’ Team Sky, along with smaller prizes accumulated by other team members for winning individual stages or placing in the overall race.
Team Sky picked up the biggest slice of the €2,287,750 prize pot on offer, €726,630, while EF Education First-Drapac finished last on the prize list, taking home just €14,420.
Tom Dumoulin wins €200,000 for his runner-up spot while Chris Froome’s final spot on the podium is worth just €100,000.
Peter Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe each won €25,000 for taking home the green and polka-dot jerseys, while Pierre Latour won €20,000 as the best young rider. Daniel Martin also won €20,000 as the Tour’s most aggressive rider and Movistar was awarded €20,000 for winning the team classification.
Tour de France 2018 final prize money
Team Sky €728,630
Team Sunweb €245,280
Quick-Step Floors €145,070
UAE Team Emirates €100,650
AG2R La Mondiale €69,800
Wanty-Groupe Gobert €56,600
BMC Racing €54,340
Direct Energie €40,850
Team Dimension Data €15,730
EF Education First Drapac €14,420