Another rest day on the Tour de France and a time for many to take stock of the race so far and plan for the upcoming stages in the Alps. But it’s also a business day and if you can hear the sound of cash registers ringing and riders are walking round with $ and € signs in the their eyes then it’s because many teams and agents are finalising contracts for 2012 and beyond today.
We should know more on the fate or future of the HTC-Highroad team today, it’ll be one thing to secure the team’s financial future but it will need to retain a core of riders to retain its ProTeam status amongst the top-18 teams.
Talking of money, it won’t be top priority but some teams have racking more prize money in the second week. Thanks to their endless attacking, in particular their keen racing for the intermediate sprint, FDJ – appropriate for the French state lottery – have hit the jackpot. Here’s the full breakdown of prize money.
Liquigas were languishing but Ivan Basso’s high mountain finishes and Daniel Oss’s sprinting has helped them rack up a few more Euros. Katusha might be one of the biggest budget teams in the sport but they’re not going to recoup much spending, whist Radioshack are limping home, the team reduced to five riders. Astana have eight riders but they’re struggling in the absence of their injured leader Alexandr Vinokourov.