The mainstream French press might have headlines about the woes of the Euro currency this morning but nobody’s going to turn down a truckload of money, whether they’re Greek citizens or Belgian cyclists.
Below is a list of prizes earned so far during the race. As you can see, Omega-Pharma Lotto have struck the jackpot thanks to Philippe Gilbert’s consistent riding, and Garmin-Cervélo’s efforts with Thor Hushovd have had a similar effect.
For me the list correlates quite closely with the visibility of a team during the race. I’ve barely seen Liquigas-Cannondale in the race, their lime green clothing is normally hi-viz but they’ve not been in a breakaway or in the mix for a stage win so far, although Euskaltel and Astana have been trying.
Some teams might not agree but it’s more common in sport to see “a winner takes all scenario” with a few running off with all the prizes. But note Europcar sit in 10th place and still have a fair haul.
Of course there are some things money can’t buy. Nobody is aiming for the money, a stage win or a day in yellow offers rewards than go well beyond the cash prize. Plus you can’t buy a Crédit Lyonnais lion.
For a full breakdown of the cash prizes, see a previous post.