The amount of Tour de France prize money that teams earn varies each year. This year the total prize money pot is €2.293 million. The biggest prize goes to the overall winner who will take home €500,000. Finish a still respectable 15th place though and you’ll only receive €2,000. Movistar’s continuing obsession with winning the best team prize makes sense once you see that it can earn you €50,000 by winning it. There are a whole host of other ways of earning prize money throughout the Tour de France.
Jersey and General Classification Prize Money
Simply wearing any of the main jerseys for a day can see a rider earn a bonus. Yellow is the biggest one, as you’d expect, with a bonus of €500 paid each day to the wearer. Each of the other jerseys – White, Green and Polka-Dot – earns €300 per day. There’s also an extra daily bonus paid to the best youth rider of the individual stages, they receive €500.
By the end of the Tour de France, the Yellow jersey winner earns €500,000. The Green and Polka Dot Jersey winners both get €25,000, whereas the White Jersey winner gets €20,000.
The General Classification prize money is on a sliding scale. The winner gets the aforementioned €500,000. 2nd place earns €200,000 and 3rd is given €100,000. The prize money descends rapidly from here though. 5th place still gets a reasonable €50,000 but finish 7th and you might feel a bit put out by only getting €11,500. Sneaking into the top-10 sees you receive €3,800. 19th place is the last higher individual amount with €1,100 as everyone else gets €1,000 for finishing. That’s right, you can finish 20th or 115th and you still get €1,000.
Each stage sees the winner earn €11,000 and a sliding scale for the top-20 riders each day. 2nd place earns half of the winner with €5,500 and 3rd place roughly half again with €2,800. Finishing in the top-10 will see a rider earn at least €600 and 15th-20th all earn the same €300 for their efforts.
King of the Mountains Jersey
Probably the most complicated set of prize money bonuses to drill down and explain. There are 4 different categories of climbs, each with their own bonus amounts and number of riders who can earn prize money. At the end of the Tour de France, the top 8 in the classification get prize money. The winner receives €25,000, then €15,000 and €10,000 for the rest of the podium. 4th starts at €4000 and each place drops €500, so 8th receives €2,000.
1st – €800
2nd – €450
3rd – €300
1st Cat Climbs
1st – €650
2nd – €400
3rd – €150
2nd Cat Climbs
1st – €500
2nd – €250
3rd Cat Climbs
1st – €300
4th Cat Climbs
1st – €200
There’s also an extra added bonus for the first rider over the Col de la Loze on Stage 17 – the highest point in the 2020 Tour de France. Called the Souvenir Henri Desgrange in memory of the race’s founder, that rider will receive €5,000.
There is no Souvenir Jacques Goddet in the 2020 Tour de France. This is usually awarded for the first rider over the Col du Tourmalet, which isn’t in this year’s race route.
Most Aggressive Rider
Not quite a jersey, but the most aggressive rider on each stage earns €2,000 for their efforts. The winner of the Super Combative prize at the end of the race will earn €20,000. A reward for their hard efforts to animate the race or the long days spent in the breakaway.
The intermediate sprints feed into the Green Jersey competition, but often the first across the line are the breakaway riders. The top-3 earn prize money in this way – €1,500, €1,000 and €500 – a handy addition to the team’s earnings.
Best Team Classification
The team prize in recent years of the Tour de France has been calculated by taking the times of the 3 best placed riders on each stage. The riders can vary from stage to stage and the team has to maintain at least 3 riders in the race to be eligible.
The highest placing team on each day receives a healthy €2,800 in prize money. The final team classification sees the winning team earn €50,000, 2nd gets €30,000 and 3rd place €20,000. The 4th and 5th best teams get €12,000 and €8,000 respectively. 6th and below get nothing!
2020 Tour de France Prize Money Totals
Halfway Point (after Stage 10)
Team Prize Money Total (Stage 10)
|Team||Prize Money Total (€)|
|NTT Pro Cycling||11670|
|EF Pro Cycling||9260|
|B&B Hotels-Vital Concept||9010|
|Total Direct Energie||6500|
|Israel Start-Up Nation||5600|
The biggest surprises here are just how little that Groupama-FDJ have earned over the first week and a half of the 2020 Tour de France and the same applies for the big teams of Ineos and Movistar. The bulk of Trek-Segafredo’s prize money comes from winning the best daily team prize on 3 stages so far. No team has had all of their riders earn prize money yet. AG2R are the closest with only Alexis Vuillermoz missing out. Conversely, 4 teams have had just 2 riders earn prize money – UAE-Team Emirates, Lotto-Soudal and the bottom 2 teams.
UAE-Team Emirates have already earned €8,520 more in prize money than they did for the whole of the 2019 Tour de France. Astana and Cofidis aren’t far behind them, both teams are under €4,000 away from beating their 2019 prize money totals. Looking at the data in this way favours teams that didn’t win any of the classifications last year however. Ineos, for instance, are a whopping €792,650 behind what they earned in the 2019 Tour so far.
Riders Prize Money Total (Stage 10)
|Rider||Team||Prize Money Total (€)|
|Wout van Aert||Jumbo-Visma||22000|
|Tadej Pogačar||UAE-Team Emirates||20110|
|Caleb Ewan||Lotto Soudal||17970|
|Alexander Kristoff||UAE-Team Emirates||13040|
|Marc Hirschi||Team Sunweb||12300|
The top 10 riders are unsurprisingly dominated by those who have won stages or consistently placed highly on a couple of days. Peter Sagan is the only other rider to have earned over €10,000 individually so far. A host of sprinters, breakaway riders and jersey wearers make up most of the remaining riders in the chart.
The Overall contenders are relatively light so far. Understandable when their big bonuses come at the end of the tour and the more mountain stages packed closer to the finish. The current top-3 all find themselves in the graphic above but Romain Bardet in 4th misses out and so does Rigoberto Uran in 6th place. Nairo Quintana in 5th sneaks in but Pogačar and Yates in 6th/7th are relatively high after their own heroics.
Tour de France 2020 Prize Money Totals
Team Prize Money Final Total
|Team||Prize Money Total (€)|
|EF Pro Cycling||59390|
|B&B Hotels-Vital Concept||37330|
|NTT Pro Cycling||20760|
|Israel Start-Up Nation||18620|
|Total Direct Energie||14420|
Some big movers in this list. UAE-Team Emirates shot up after Tadej Pogačar took 3 of the 4 jerseys in this year’s Tour de France. Jumbo-Visma seemed nailed on to finish top with Roglič seeming about to win the Tour de France and the number of stage wins along the way. Movistar made their usual jump up the table by winning the team prize, once again.
It wasn’t a good tour for the Pro Continental French teams with Total Direct Energie and Arkea-Samic at the bottom of the table. B&B Hotels were a decent exception though. Israel Start-Up Nation were the only other team to earn less than €20,000.
UAE-Team Emirates obviously earned more than in 2019, to the tune of €598,000 gain. Jumbo-Visma earned €144,230 more than 2019 and Trek-Segafredo made €80,700 more. All these teams had successful GC campaigns and featured highly in stages along the way.
The biggest losers since last year’s prize money table are obviously Ineos. Lacking a GC contender, only Richard Carapaz was in the top 10 paid riders. They finish the 2020 Tour de France a whopping €728,630 less well off than the 2019 edition. The other big losers are Bora with €93,640 and Lotto Soudal with €95,010.
Riders Prize Money Final Total
|Rider||Team||Prize Money Total (€)|
|Tadej Pogačar||UAE-Team Emirates||600800|
|Miguel Angel Lopez||Astana||48090|
|Wout van Aert||Jumbo-Visma||35130|
|Caleb Ewan||Lotto Soudal||33700|
Tadej Pogačar’s winnings dwarf everyone else’s as the winner of the yellow jersey, polka dot jersey and white jersey. The GC domination is broken up by Sam Bennett whose stage wins and successful attempt at the green jersey put him 5th in the list. Despite only sprinting a couple of times, 2-time stage winner Wout van Aert appears in 8th place. A relatively off-colour performance from Peter Sagan, in which he didn’t win the Green jersey for the first time in a completed Tour de France, was still enough to put him 9th in the money list.