The Tour of Flanders is one of the most iconic and prestigious races on the cycling calendar.
First held in 1913, the Belgian cobbled Classic has been the stage for some of the most memorable battles.
Former winners include one-day legends like Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen, and Johann Museeuw.
In 2004, a long-overdue women’s event was launched to run alongside the men’s that has been growing in popularity and prestige every year.
But how much do the winners of each race get?
The prize pot for the men’s Tour of Flanders was €50,000 (£42,700) in 2019, with the winner Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) taking home €20,000 (£17,095) of that.
Second place Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) took home €10,000, while third Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) got €5,000.
The money then drops to €2,500 for fourth, €2,000 for fifth, then €1,500 for sixth and seventh.
Finishers in eighth and ninth get €1,000 each. Then every rider from 10th to 20th position get €500 each.
Prize money for the women’s race is considerably less, with winner Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu) getting €1,265 (£1,081) of a total pot of €5,765.
Second place Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) received €935, while Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) was third and got €625, and fourth place Sofia Bertizzolo (Virtu) took €375.
The prizes continue to drop with every rider from 11th to 15th taking €130.
Then 16th through to 20th place get €100 each.
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 riders may also receive a winner’s bonus from the team, a sum which usually remains confidential.
Prize money for cycling is a drop in the ocean when compared with other sports.
Wimbledon’s pot is a whopping £34million, with the men’s and women’s singles winners taking home £2.25million each in 2018.
In Formula One, the Ferrari team took home the most last season - £147million.
Tour of Flanders 2019 prize money
1. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education first, €20,000
2. Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, €10,000
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates, €5,000
4. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus, €2,500
5. Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin, €2,000
6. Michael Matthews (Aus) Sunweb, €1,500
7. Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale, €1,000
8. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, €1,000
9. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, €1,000
10. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team, €500
11. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, €500
12. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, €500
13. Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, €500
14. Wout van Aert (Bel) Jumbo-Visma, €500
15. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First, €500
16. Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, €500
17. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, €500
18. Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky, €500
19. Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo, €500
20. Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale, €500
1. Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Team Virtu, €1,265
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Mitchelton-Scott, €935
3. Cecilie Uttrip Ludwig (Den) Bigla, €625
4. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita) Team Virtu, €375
5. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Trek-Segafredo Women, €320
6. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM, €275
7. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, €250
8. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) WNT-Rotor, €220
9. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Sunweb, €185
10. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boles-Dolmans, €165
11. Marta Cavalli (Ita) Valcar Cylance, €130
12. Soraya Paladin (Ita) Alè Cipollini, €130
13. Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott, €130
14. Lisa Klein (Ger) Canyon-SRAM, €130
15. Alison Jackson (Can) Tibco-SVB, €130
16. Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Parkhotel Valkenburg, €100
17. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo Women, €100
18. Vita Heine (Nor) Hitec Products, €100
19. Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Sunweb, €100
20. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott, €100
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