Paris-Roubaix 2019 was an exhilarating spectacle, with Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) beating Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) in a sprint finish inside the Roubaix velodrome.
That makes it four different Monument wins for Gilbert, who won the Tour of Flanders in 2017, Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2011, and Il Lombardia in 2009 and 2010.
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Politt finished second, Yves Lampaert (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) third, and last year’s champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) only managing fifth with Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) in fourth.
But how much will Gilbert take home in terms of prize money?
The total prize pot for this year’s edition is €91,000 (£78,000), with the winner taking home €30,000 (£25,000) of that.
Second place on the day will be awarded €22,000 (£17,000) and third gets €15,000 (£12,000).
Prizes for the top-10 then start at €7,500 for fourth down to €1,100 for tenth.
The money then drops to €500 each for those finishing 16th to 20th.
Of course there is no women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix, despite numerous calls for one by the likes of Lizzie Deignan.
By comparison, 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.
Prize money for the women’s race was considerably less, with winner Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu) getting €1,265 (£1,081) of a total pot of €5,765.
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.