The winner of the General Classification at the 2019 Tour de France will walk home with €500000 prize money in the bank.
Apart from the pride of being a champion, the holder of the maillot jaune at the end of the Tour will also go home with nearly a quarter of the total €2.3m prize money on offer.
That’s a considerable sum, but it’s also a pittance compared to other sports. When Wimbledon concluded last weekend the winners of both the men’s and women’s singles took home a handy €2.6m each.
When you consider that tradition dictates the winner hands over his winnings to team-mates in recognition of their hard work, you start to understand what winning the fabled yellow jersey really means.
Winners of the green and polka dot jerseys – in the points and mountains classifications respectively – will each win €25,000 while the white jersey of the young classification takes home €20,000.
Jumbo-Visma currently top the table at the end of stage 15, with €83,830 after winning four stages so far. Lotto-Soudal are second, having earned €73,830, while Deceuninck – Quick-Step are a close third, with €72,360 so far.
Tour de France 2019 team earnings as of second rest day
Team Jumbo Visma €83,830
Lotto Soudal €73,830
Team Ineos €26,310
Team Subweb €17,640
CCC Team €13,000
UAE Team Emirates €12,140
Movistar Team €11,580
Astana Pro Team €10,020
AG2R La Mondiale €9,890
EF Education First €9,360
Katusha Alepecin €8,110
Dimension Data €7,760
Total Direct Energie €6,630