How much prize money did Peter Sagan get for winning Paris-Roubaix?

Paris-Roubaix is one of the most prestigious single-day races in the professional cycling calendar - with a prize pot to match

Peter Sagan on the podium after winning Paris-Roubaix 2018.
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

When Peter Sagan sprinted across the finish line in the iconic Roubaix velodrome on Sunday after conquering Paris-Roubaix, he added the name of one of the biggest races to his already lengthy list of victories – and with it a significant financial prize.

The 28-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider netted €30,000 (£26,160) for victory after six hours of riding in the gruelling 257-kilometre race that famously takes in just over 54 kilometres of rough cobbled roads in northern France.

Sagan's €30,000 winner's earnings are part of a total prize pot of €91,000 for the race, which sees financial rewards handed out to the top 20 riders.

Swiss rider Silvan Dillier (Ag2r La Mondiale) received €22,000 (£19,189) for placing second, with Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) getting €15,000 (£13,083) for third spot.

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Looking down to the bottom of the list of prize money, Heinrich Haussler (Bahrain-Merida) received €500 for placing 20th.

However, Paris-Roubaix cost Sagan and Dillier some money too. According to the Paris-Roubaix post-race jury report, the riders were both fined 1000 Swiss Francs (£739 or €848) for taking 'unauthorised refreshment' during the final 20km, which is against the UCI's race regulations.

The biggest race on the calendar - the three-week Tour de France – has a total prize pot of €2,287,650 (£2 million). The overall winner receives €500,000 (£436,000).

As with the majority of sporting events, the money generated from winning doesn't just end with the prize money. The exposure for the individual rider and team in winning a prestigious event will help attract sponsorship and endorsements. Plus Sagan may also receive a winner's bonus from the team, a sum which usually remains confidential.

The real value of winning Paris-Roubaix will significantly exceed €30,000.

However, it's all small change compared to the prize money awarded in other sports. The men's singles winner at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 2017 netted £2,200,000, and the winner of the 2018 Masters golf took home £1,405,542. The Ferrari Formula 1 team earned an estimated, eye-watering sum of £180 million in 2017.

Paris-Roubaix 2018 prize money and who won it

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, €30,000

2. Silvan Dillier (Sui) Ag2r La Mondiale, €22,000

3. Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors, €15,000

4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing, €7,500

5. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo, €3,200

6. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac, €1,700

7. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, €1,500

8. Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac, €1,300

9. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors, €1,200

10. Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, €1,100

11. Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb, €1,000

12. Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale, €900

13. Wout van Aert (Bel) Veranda's Willems-Crelan, €800

14. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, €700

15. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors, €600

16. Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo, €500

17. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo, €500

18. Marco Marcato (Ira) UAE-Team Emirates, €500

19. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky, €500

20. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida, €500

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.