A total of €2,295,850 million euros will be awarded at the 2016 Tour de France. That is almost €650 for every mile ridden in the race. Every year fans want to know, "How much do they make for winning the Tour de France?" Prize money can be quite good, especially for the rider who retains the yellow jersey for many stages in a row and wins the overall race. A rider such as Chris Froome, who has the potential to win the overall race (€500,000), win 1 mountain stage (€11,000) and perhaps stay in the yellow jersey for 8 out of the 21 stages (€4000), has the potential to win approximately €515,000.
Current World Champion Peter Sagan is said to be looking for 4-6 million, per year, for his next team contract.
Team Sky earned a total of €556,630 ($619,139) during the 2015 Tour de France; the vast majority of that sum earned by Chris Froome who won both the yellow and the polka-dot jersey. In contrast, the sixty team members of the Denver Broncos each earned a $102,000 (€91,734) bonus for winning the 2016 Super Bowl ($6,120,000 combined), and Wimbledon awarded £1,888,000 ($2,575,798) to the two (male and female) winners.
The Tour de France remains the most lucrative professional bike race on the calendar, not only for the amount earned at the race but for the potential of later team sponsorships and individual promotions. Each team splits the earnings from the Tour de France, offering each of the nine team members a split, plus the mechanics, soigneurs and bus drivers.
Every rider who participates in the Tour de France receives a money prize. The cash reward drops steeply from the 1st place rider but every rider from 20th place on, including the last placed rider (lanterne rouge) will receive €1000 for participating in the 2016 Tour de France.
New for 2016, the Most Aggressive jersey award will take into consideration the growing impact of Social Media. One vote on the panel of "cycling experts" will be considered from the fans voting for the most deserving rider on the stage.
Winners / Classifications / Leaders
Classification Jerseys of the Tour de France, jerseys provided by Le Coq Sportif:
- Yellow: General classification.
- Green: Points classification.
- Red and white polka dots: Mountains classification.
- White: Youth classification.
- Yellow dossard: Best Team classification
- Red dossard: Most Aggressive rider from the stage
Prizes for Yellow Jersey - Tour de France
Yellow Jersey prize for the Tour de France: The yellow jersey (overall leader, le leader du classement général au temps, Le Maillot Jaune) will win €500,000 at the end of the tour, but an additional €552,000 will be awarded throughout the three-week stage race to total €1,002,000 for the total yellow jersey prize purse alone. Every day a rider wears the yellow jersey they receive a monetary award. Yes it is tradition that the yellow jersey winner divides his final €450.000 among his eight teammates. The overall yellow jersey winner also receives a trophy black bowl) on the podium during the final presentation in Paris. The yellow jersey is sponsored by LLC (financial services).
Yellow jersey prizes for the final podium of the Tour de France 2016:
1st - €500,000
2nd - €200,000
3rd - €100,000
Prize money for a single day in the yellow jersey will be €500 in 2016.
The winner of the yellow jersey in 2015 was Chris Froome.
Many of us recognize the coiled Giro d'Italia trophy but how many of us have paid attention the to Tour de France trophy bowl? It is actually quite nice looking close up.
|Chris Froome and the Tour de France Trophy bowl. Photo from http://wtop.com.|
Green Jersey prize for the Tour de France: The green jersey (points winner, classement par points, Le maillot vert) will win €25,000 at the end of the tour, but an additional €103,000 will be awarded throughout the three-week stage race to total €128,000 for the total green jersey prize purse. The green jersey is sponsored by Skoda (cars).
Sprint jersey prizes on the final podium of the Tour de France 2016:
1st - €25,000
2nd - €15,000
3rd - €10,000
Every day a rider wears the green jersey they receive a monetary award. Prize money for a single day in the green jersey will be €300 at the 2016 Tour de France.
Prize money is also awarded daily at each intermediate sprint marker, the winner gets €1,500, second place €1,000 and third place €500.
The green jersey in 2015 was won by Peter Sagan (for the fourth year in a row!).
Polka-dot Jersey prize for the Tour de France: The polka- dot jersey (mountain / classement de la montagne, Le maillot à pois) will win €25,000 at the end of the tour, but an additional €103,000 will be awarded throughout the three-week stage race to total €128,000 for the total polka-dot jersey prize purse. The polka-dot jersey is sponsored by Carrefour (market).
Mountain jersey prizes on the final podium of the Tour de France 2016:
1st - €25,000
2nd - €15,000
3rd - €10,000
Every day a rider wears the mountain jersey they receive a monetary award. Prize money for a single day in the polka-dot jersey will be €300 at the 2016 Tour de France.
Special climbing bonus awards given during the 2016 Tour de France:
Three different €5,000 bonus awards will be paid out to the first rider to the top of three designated climbs. The first rider during Stage 8 to reach the Souvenir Jacques Goddet on Col du Tourmalet will win €5,000. During Stage 10 the highest point of the race will be reached on Port d’Envalira (2,408m) and the first rider to the top will earn the Souvenir Henri Desgrange award of €5,000. The final Prix Bernard Hinault will be awarded to the fastest rider on Stage 18 during the short 2.5km Cote de Domancy climb included in the individual time trial, earning the final €5,000 bonus of le tour.
The best climber in 2015 was Chris Froome.
White Jersey prize for the Tour de France: The white jersey (mountain / Le maillot blanc) will win €25,000 at the end of the tour, but an additional €40,000 will be awarded throughout the three-week stage race to total €65,000 for the total white jersey prize purse. The white jersey is sponsored by Krys (optical).
Best Young Rider jersey prizes on the final podium of the Tour de France 2016:
1st - €20,000
2nd - €15,000
3rd - €10,000
Every day a rider wears the white jersey they receive a monetary award. Prize money for a single day in the white jersey will be €300 at the 2016 Tour de France.
The best young rider in 2015 was Nairo Quintana.
Prize for Best Team - Tour de France
Best Team prize for the Tour de France: The best team (Le classement par équipes) will win €50,000 at the end of the tour, but an additional €128,000 will be awarded throughout the three-week stage race to total €178,000 for the total best team prize purse. Every day a team remains at the top of the leader board for the best team they receive a monetary award. The best team is sponsored by RAGT Semences (grains).
Best Team prizes on the final podium of the Tour de France 2016:
1st - €50,000
2nd - €30,000
3rd - €20,000
4th - €12,000
5th - €5,000
Every day a team earns or remains at the top of the best team ranking they receive a monetary award. Prize money for a single day as the best team will be €2800 at the 2016 Tour de France.
The top team in 2015 was Movistar.
Prize for Most Aggressive - Tour de France
Most Aggressive prize for the Tour de France: The rider who demonstrates braveness, an attacking spirit and fair play during the stage (Le Prix de la combativité) will win a daily prize from a total purse of €56,000, with the final super-combative rider chosen on the final stage earning €20,000 at the end of the tour. Every day a different most combative rider is chosen after the stage. The prize is sponsored by Antargaz (gasoline) and symbolized by a red dossard (bib number).
Starting in 2016, fans will have the opportunity to vote through Social Media for their choice for Most Aggressive rider (Twitter: @LeTour #TDF2016 and Facebook: facebook.com/letour ). Fans' vote will count as 1 vote on a jury together with former riders, American Greg Le Mond and Frenchman Laurent Jalabert, plus two journalists and Tour de France race director Thierry Gouvenou. Should the voting end in a tie, Gouvenou will have the deciding say.
Super-Combative Rider prizes on the final podium of the Tour de France 2016: Final award - €20,000
Every day a rider is awarded the most combative award they receive a monetary award. Prize money for a single day in the red dossard will be €2000 at the 2016 Tour de France.
Romain Bardet won the final super-combative award in 2015.
Prize for Stage wins - Tour de France
The winner of each stage is awarded a prize of €11,000. Second place on the stage wins €5,500 and third place €2,800. Prize money is awarded down to 20th place on each stage, with 20th place earning €300. The youngest rider (under age 25) with the highest placing on each day's stage also earns an additional €500 for the day.
Stage win prizes for each stage podium of the Tour de France:
1st - €11,000
2nd - €5,500
3rd - €2,800
André Greipel won the most stage wins, four different stage wins, during the 2015 Tour de France. Chris Froome won only 1 stage.
Prize for every rider in the Tour de France
Every rider who participates in the Tour de France is guaranteed at least €1000 for participation plus they are each awarded a medal; given to the riders prior to the start of the race.
Time bonuses in the Tour de France
Time bonuses are awarded at the end of every mass-start stage (i.e. no time bonuses on offer in individual and team time trials). The first three riders get 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively.
Prize money in case of Disqualification
With regard to prizes, the results of a positive anti-doping control test are as follows: • any competitor declared positive following a given stage shall forego all earnings obtained during this stage. • any competitor disqualified from the race shall forego all earnings and prizes acquired from the day of the control test in question.
RULES OF THE RACE
|Powerbar sponsors the stage wins|
Stage victories: The 21 stage victories will be been sponsored by Powerbar. Stage victories are simply the fist man over the line, or the man with the fastest time on the stage (individual time trials).
Classifications, Sponsors, and the rules
Riders must finish the Tour de France in order to appear in the best classification ranking.
|LCL sponsors the yellow jersey|
Will be awarded daily, worn by the leader of the general individual time classification. The general individual time ranking is established by adding together the times achieved by each rider in the 21 stages including time penalties. In the event of a tie in the general ranking, the hundredth of a second recorded by the timekeepers during the individual time trial stages will be included in the total times in order to decide the overall winner. The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL since 1987.
|Skoda sponsors the green jersey|
Will be awarded daily, worn by the leader of the points classification. There is only one intermediate sprint on each stage, with number of points tied to difficulty. The one intermediate sprint marker is now (as of 2011) worth more points for the leading riders. Together with points earned at the final stage finish line, all points are tallied daily to determine the overall "Points Leader" or green jersey wearer. The Green Jersey has been sponsored by Skoda since 2015.
The individual points ranking is obtained by adding together the points recorded in the individual rankings for each stage, according to the following tables, and taking into account penalty points: •for the stages with no particular difficulty (art. 22-coeff. 1): 50-30-20-18-16-14-12-10-8-7-6-5- 4-3 and 2 points for the first 15 riders to finish; •for the “medium mountain” in-line stages (art. 22-coeff. 2 and 3): 30, 25,22,19,17, 15,13,11,9,7,6,5,4,3 and 2 points for the first 15 riders to finish; •for the very difficult stages (art. 22-coeff. 3 and 4 and 5): 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7, 6,5,4,3,2,1 points for the first 15 riders to finish. In the event of a dead heat in a stage finish, the riders are credited with the number of points they would receive, divided by the number of riders concerned. These points are then rounded up to the nearest ½ point: •for the individual time trial stage (art.22-coeff. 6 and 7): 20,17,15,13,11,10,9,8,7,6, 5,4,3,2,1 points to the first 15 riders to finish; •for each intermediate sprint, the first 15 riders to finish will receive 20,17,15,13,11,10,9, 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 points respectively. The points are won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage.
Time bonuses in the Tour de France: Time bonuses are awarded at the end of every mass-start stage (i.e. no time bonuses on offer in individual and team time trials). The first three riders get 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively.
|Carrefour sponsors the Polka-dot jersey|
Will be awarded daily, worn by the best climber. Points for the best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope (not all climbs are classified). The prize money is doubled on the stage finishes that will take place at the summit of climbs. The general best climber ranking is established by adding together the points obtained on all passes and hills, according to the following tables: • “Highest level” passes: 25, 20, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 points respectively for first 10 riders to finish; • category 1 passes: 10,8,6,4,2,1 points respectively to the first 6 riders to finish ; • category 2 passes: 5,3,2,1 points respectively to the first 4 riders to finish; • category 3 passes or hills : 2, 1 points, respectively to the first 2 riders to finish; • category 4 passes: 1 point to the first rider to finish. Points awarded are doubled for finishing on the 9th, 12th, 17th and 19th stages. In the event of a tie between two riders in the general best climber ranking, the rider with the most first places at highest level pass summits is declared the winner. The Polka Dot Jersey is sponsored by Carrefour.
|Krys sponsors the white jersey|
Will be awarded daily, worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less (born since 1st January 1991) in the general individual time classification. The White jersey has been sponsored by Krys since 2015.
|Antargaz sponsors the best team award|
This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders on each team after each stage. If there is a tie between teams in stage rankings, the three best places achieved in that stage by each team are added together. In case of a further tie, the teams are decided by the placing of their best rider in the stage. Any team reduced to fewer than three riders will be disqualified from the general team ranking. The current best team can wear yellow helmets during the following stage. The team classification is sponsored by RAGT Semences.
|RAGT sponsors the most aggressive award|
This is a subjective but inspiring award. This prize is awarded daily with one super-combative award given on the final stage in Paris.
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