'I don't think I would be here if it was just about money' - What motivates the Tour de France peloton?

How big an influence is money on the reasons riders aim for results or to help others?

A general view of the Tour de France peloton
A general view of the Tour de France peloton
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Money makes the world go round, we are led to believe. It is crucial to almost all of us, something we all have to worry about - unless you are stupidly rich.

Money, most often in terms of transfers and wages, is the stuff of idle chat and rumours in the team paddock at the Tour de France, but it is rare to know with certainty how much a specific rider actually earns. Much like a polite middle-class dinner party, it is simply not discussed openly.

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