Having covered the prize money accumulated until the rest day, the chart above displays the final version after the race has finished.
Sky are famous for their “marginal gains” but this time they’ve monopolised the money, especially compared to last year when BMC Racing took €493,990 compared to Leopard Trek next on €395,310. It’s to be expected as Sky took the yellow jersey early, earning a daily rent, they finished first and second overall, won six stages and placed highly on others. First place overall nets €450,000.
As for the other teams, I think the chart reflects their visibility in the race but don’t be too harsh on those with a modest haul, it is an achievement to finish.
Remember that if the prize list isn’t the biggest in sport, winning the race outright is priceless. Income generated by prizes is a small component of a rider’s earnings and almost all of those riding the Tour earn in excess of the UCI minimum salary, €38,500 a year, most of the humble helpers will be on €50,000 or more. Nevertheless, the “Tour bonus” is very welcome and some teams – both riders and support staff – will do well.
If you want more on rider salary details, take a look at this piece from last year: How Much Does a Rider Earn.