How much do you win at the Tour de France?

The winner of the Tour de France 2018 will get R7 934 134 plus bonuses – but there’s over R31 736 538 in total earnings up for grabs

The Tour de France is undoubtably the biggest bike race in the world – 7.3 million people tuned in to watch the conclusion of the 2017 race, with an average of 785,000 settling down to view each stage.

The status of the three week Grand Tour means that whilst the finances available couldn’t hold a candle to the eye watering stats we’ll see at the likes of the FIFA World Cup (a reported $400 million), the 2018 prize funds are not to be sniffed at.

In 2017, the overall prize fund was R36 301 045, which represented a small decrease on 2016, merely as a result of fewer prize-paying climbs.

The 2018 money pot will not be dissimilar, and the amount awarded to the top riders on General Classification and jersey wearers is not expected to differ at all.

Tour de France 2018 prize money breakdown

The greatest prize of all is to wear the yellow jersey on the final day in Paris – and alongside a warm glow (and maybe an increase in annual salary) the winner also earns R7 934 134 plus 7934 for every day spent in the leader’s position.

All other wearers of yellow will get R4760 for each day they guard the honour and everyone down to number 160 gets something, albeit R15868 from position 20.

Stage winners aren’t just racing for glory, either, receiving R174 550, with cash extending down to 20th place – the recipient of which may out-sprint 21st for R4760.

Stages – aside from time trials – include intermediate sprints and classified climbs. In the sprints, the winner gets R23802, extending to R15868 for second and R7934 for third.

The financial gain on the climbs depends upon the degree awarded to the incline itself; if it’s an HC (hors catégorie) ascent, the first over the line gets R12694, if it’s category one it’s R10314, category two is R7934, three is R4760 and category four is R3173. Remuneration is greater for the Col du Portet and Col du Tourmalet at R79341 each.

The most combative rider is not to be forgotten, he gets R31736 on the stage and the most aggressive overall gets a profitable R317 365 for his efforts while the best young rider on each stage pockets R7934.

GC winner Prize money (R) Stage winners Prize money (R)
1 7 934 134 1 174 550
2 3 173 653 2 87 275
3 1 586 826 3 44 431
4 1 110 778 4 23 802
5 793 413 5 13 170
6 364 970 6 12 377
7 182 485 7 11 583
8 120 598 8 10 631
9 71 407 9 10 314
10 60 299 10 9 520
11 47 604 11 8 568
12 42 844 12 7 458
13 39 670 13 6 982
  33 323 14 5 395
15 31 736 15 4 760
16 23 802 16 4 760
17 20 628 17 4 760
18 19 041 18 4 760
19 17 455 19 4 760
20-160 15 868 20 4 760

 

Those racing for classifications aside from the overall and stage wins are chasing monetary carrots on sticks, too.

Those winning or placing in the top eight in the mountains, points or young rider competition get a payout, and teams to the top five benefit from anywhere between R793 413 and R126 946

Position Points prize money (R) Mountains Young rider Teams
1 396 706 396 706 317 365 793 413
2 238 024 238 024 238 024 476 048
3 158 682 158 682 158 682 317 365
4 63 473 63 473 79 341 190 419
5 55 538 55 538   126 946
6 47 604 47 604    
7 39 670 39 670    
8 31 736 31 736    
TOTAL 1 031 437 1 031 437 793 413 1 904 192

 

Source*Cyclingweekly.com

Exchange rate used R15,87 as of 26/06/2018

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