Below is the final prize list from the 2011 Tour de France. BMC top the list with €493,990, largely thanks to the €450,000 first prize. The Swiss team banks a sum 47 times greater than Radioshack.
Statisticians might agree that there’s no correlation between a team’s budget and its prize haul. It’s worth noting that a handful of team dominated the results. BMC take the overall and a stage win, Leopard-Trek second and third place and stage win. Europcar had the yellow jersey for a long time plus a stage win too. Then HTC-Highroad took six stages, Garmin-Cervélo had four plus the yellow jersey and Omega Pharma-Lotto took three stages. There was not much left for the others.