While Team Sky will take home €26,100 (before tax) in prize money from the Criterium du Dauphine, Trek Factory Racing won just €300

It wasn’t a week to remember for Trek Factory Racing as the team bottomed the prize money table at the Critérium du Dauphiné, taking home a measly €300 euros over the eight stages.

Trek finished bottom of all 21 teams competing in France, €25,800 down on leaders Team Sky, who mostly had Chris Froome and Peter Kennaugh to thank for their stage wins and overall success.

Haimar Zubeldia was Trek’s highest placed finisher on the general classification in 42nd, with Japanese rider Fumiyuki Beppu claiming their best stage finish with 12th on stage two.

While the lack of money won’t immediately bankrupt the team, the riders and staff do share out the prizes so they can look forward to a few Euros each, but they won’t be putting their children through university on it.

In February, Trek’s Gregory Rast tweeted a picture of his share of the spoils from the 2014 Milan-San Remo, in which Fabian Cancellara finished second, which showed that after tax and fines he had received €462 for his seven hours of hard work.

It’s not so lucrative, this world of cycling.

Watch highlights of the 2015 Critérium du Dauphiné

  • Bob

    reminds me of a famous quote by Tony Jacklin who said words to the effect of ‘anyone who says its tough at the top hasn’t been at the bottom’ – when you look at what the prima donna footballers get each week its just a joke

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Nobody pays to get in remember, and TV doesn’t pay big money except for the TDF. I doubt if anyone’s profiteering here.

  • Gary Jogela

    26,100 euros.crikey that’s poor for such a high profile race.

  • skelto99

    £22k for the winners Team Sky? Don’t get me started. This got me googling other sports’ prize money. Take a look at this yourselves – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29665693 I can’t say anything else or it will turn into a rant. Apart from “Darts”.

  • Kevino Daviessss

    Utter disgrace, teams will be bankrupt and UCI will wonder why they can’t attract sponsors, take a look at FIFA organisation , is cycling even more corrupt as the money is going somewhere and it’s not the TEAMS!!