Tour de France 2011 prize money - how much do riders get paid in the Tour?
By Joe Saumarez Smith on 2011-07-01 14:26:20
PARIS, France - The prize money for the 2011 Tour de France has been announced by the organisers and in total there is almost €3.5 million available across all categories with the winning rider picking up a €450,000 winner's prize.
However the Tour prize money is dwarved by the fees paid to each rider for taking part with top riders getting around €2 million a season, of which a large part is related to their expected performance in the Tour de France.
Stage winners will be paid €8,000 euro in 2011 and the person who puts on the yellow jersey at the end of each day will pick up a €7,000 bonus; so the winner of stage one of the Tour will pick up €15,000. The green jersey leader each day will pick up €6,000 euros, as will the leader in the young riders (under 26) competition when they pull on the white jersey.
On flat stages the is prize money for the top 15 riders and on mountain stages there is prize money for the top 20. This is why you will see riders pushing hard at the end of the race, even if it is clear that they are not going to finish on the podium.
The Tour has announced two new prizes this year. The €5,000 Souvenir Jacques Goddet (Goddet was a legendary Tour director) will go to the leader over the top of the Col du Tourmalet, and the Souvenir Henri Desgrange will go to the winner over the Col du Galibier and is worth the same amount.
In total the prize money for the Tour is €3,412,546, although a small amount of that total is variable.
Breakdown of Tour de France prize money in 2011 (all amounts in euros)
16th to 20th 200
Team Time Trial
9th to 11th 500
12th to15th 300
16th to 17th 250
18th to 20th 200
26th to 30th 600
31st to 40th 550
41st to 50th 500
51st to 90th 450
91st to 150th 400
Yellow jersey: 7,000
Green, white and polka dot jersey: 6,000
Best young rider per stage: 500
Best team per stage: 2,800
Most aggressive rider per stage: 2,000
Points/Mountains classification final
HC climbs (nine in total):
Category 1 climbs (five climbs):
Category 2 climbs (nine climbs):
Category 3 climbs (14 climbs):
Category 4 climbs (14 climbs):
Souvenir Jacques Goddet : 5 000
Souvenir Henri Desgrange : 5 000
Most aggressive rider overall: €20,000
Best young rider overall:
3rd 10 000
Final teams classification
Payment to each team for expenses: €51,243. Teams finishing with seven or more riders also get €1,600 per rider.
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