How much prize money do riders get for winning the Tour de France?

There was around €2.3 million up for grabs in the 2021 race, with Tadej Pogačar the largest earner

Tadej Pogacar Tour de France
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The Tour de France is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and while it doesn’t offer up as much prize money as some other sports, there are still plenty of prizes available for successful riders during the race.

In 2022, the prize money remains the same as in the previous two years. This means the purse of €2,288,450 (£1.9 million) is available once again this time around. 

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) earned €500,000 (£427,000) of that total in 2021, the same amount he received for winning the 2020 edition of the race as well. With his three stage wins and days in the yellow jersey, plus his days wearing white and the polka-dot jersey, Pogačar’s earnings reached €609,770.

Money is also available to stage winners, with victors taking home earnings of €11,000 (£9,300) for when they cross the finish line first. 

Naturally, minor classifications also have money on offer. Intermediate sprints are worth €1,500 for the first rider across the line, while the green jersey winner secures €25,000. Mark Cavendish's four stage wins and points classification win, therefore, saw him earn €80,240 - making him the fifth highest earner of the Tour. 

Meanwhile, the mountains classification winner also receives €25,000, with €200-€800 available on categorised climbs throughout the duration of the 21 stages. The harder the climb, the more money is available for each rider which passes the summit first. 

Meanwhile, the mountains classification winner also receives €25,000, with €200-€800 available on categorised climbs throughout the duration of the 21 stages. The harder the climb, the more money is available for each rider which passes the summit first

Tour de France 2021 prize money per team

1. UAE Team Emirates, €620,380
2. Jumbo-Visma, €354,970
3. Bahrain Victorious, €167,410
4. Deceuninck-Quick-Step, €147,190
5. Ineos Grenadiers, €134,590
6. Ag2r Citroën Team, €120,830
7. Bora-Hansgrohe, €108,070
8. Alpecin-Fenix, €78,180
9. EF Education-Nippo, €65,310
10. Trek-Segafredo, €59,590
11. Movistar Team, €50,140
12. Team BikeExchange, €44,310
13. B&B Hotels p/b KTM, €35,420
14. Groupama-FDJ, €34,000
15. Astana-Premier Tech, €32,830
16. Cofidis, €32,390
17. Arkéa-Samsic, €25,020
18. Israel Start-up Nation, €24,230
19. Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux, €23,140
20. Team TotalEnergies, €21,960
21. Lotto-Soudal, €19,190
22. Team DSM, €12,950
23. Qhubeka-NextHash, €11,650

Tour de France prize money: general classification and stage result

GC positionPrize money (€)Stage winnersPrize money (€)

Tour de France prize money: Minor classifications

PositionPoints prize money (€)MountainsYoung riderTeams

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