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Tour de France prize money: How much does the winner earn?

The 2024 Tour de France begins on Saturday 29th June and runs until the closing time-trial on Sunday 21st July.

Arguably the toughest annual sporting event on the planet, the chance to achieve unthinkable physical feats is not the only motivating factor within the peloton. The 176 riders who will take to the start line in Florence are all professionals and, like everything else, money makes the cycling world go round.

Although the most lucrative prize money is awarded to the overall winner, there are daily financial rewards for those who excel in different categories within the race, such as wearing specific jerseys, animating the stage by attacking and, of course, crossing the line first on the day.

There are also team prizes on offer, with daily prizes for the outfit with the three fastest riders on the day. Those outcomes are tallied, and awards are handed out at the end of the race for the most consistent team.

How much does the Tour De France winner earn?

The overall winner of the Tour de France will earn €500,000 (£423,000), which is around 20 per cent of the total prize pool of €2,301,200 (£1.95 million).

That amount is the same picked up by double defending champion Jonas Vingegaard in 2022 and 2023, as well as Tadej Pogacar for his wins in 2020 and 2021.

Second place in the race will earn €200,000 (£169,000), and the prize purse will filter down, reduced incrementally by each place. Those who finish between 20th and 160th in the final standings will earn €1,000 each.

Tour De France prize money

The yellow jersey wearer after each day will also earn €500 per stage, while €300 will be earned by the riders wearing the other distinctive jerseys - green, white and polka dot.

Stage wins are worth €11,000 (£9,518), with prize money being awarded to the top 20 on each day.

The rider with the most stage wins often ends up leading the points classification and donning the green jersey. Points related to this classification are also available during the middle parts of stages in the form of intermediate sprints, with the first across the line in these dashes earning €1,500, the second €1,000 and third €500.

The overall green jersey winner will earn €25,000, the same as the King of the Mountains, who wears the polka dot jersey.

Similar to the money available in the intermediate sprints, €200-€800 is available on categorised climbs throughout the 21 stages for the riders who pass the summit first.

The harder the climb, the more money awarded and, again, this filters down the field to those close behind the rider who goes over the top first.

Finally on the jersey front, the white one is awarded to the leader of the young rider classification, which features competitors under the age of 25. In addition to the daily amount for donning the jersey, the final winner will be awarded €20,000 for their efforts.

Are there any other prizes on offer at the Tour?

Yes. The Tour is often referred to as a race within a race and in addition to the money available for the intermediate sprints and categorised climbs, cash is also awarded to those who ignite the race by attacking. Riders can earn €2,000 per day if the race panel deems them worthy of the combativity award.

Although this prize does not include a jersey, the previous day's winner is honoured with a gold number, and the rider judged to be the most combative in the race overall also receives €20,000.

Is there a team award?

The TV cameras understandably only really follow the front of the race, but not everyone can win and those who do often owe plenty to their colleagues.

Known as domestiques, they shepherd their team leaders through difficult conditions and terrain and regularly carry food, drink and wet weather gear to ease the burden on their more talented colleagues.

More pressingly, they are often the ones who sacrifice their own chances by riding full gas on the front of the peloton, burning themselves out in an attempt to do the same to others and eliminate some of their leader's rivals.

This is why the €500,000 awarded to the winner is usually shared out between his teammates. There is also a daily team award, with €2,800 in prize money doled out to the outfit with the three fastest riders on the day.

These are accumulated through the race and the team who have contributed the most will win a collective prize of €50,000, which will again be divided among the individuals.

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