The 2024 Tour de France has already delivered a spectacular Week 1, with thrilling sprints, breakaways, and mountain challenges. As teams battle not just for the coveted yellow jersey but also for substantial prize money, we take a closer look at how each team has fared financially in the first week of this prestigious race.

Prize Money Breakdown

What Prize Money is Awarded For

In the Tour de France, prize money is awarded for various achievements throughout the race. Here is a breakdown of the different categories for which prize money is awarded:

  1. Stage Wins: Each stage winner receives a significant prize. For instance, winning a stage earns the rider €11,000.
  2. General Classification (Yellow Jersey): The rider with the lowest overall time at the end of the Tour wins the general classification and receives €500,000. Second place earns €200,000, and third place gets €100,000.
  3. Points Classification (Green Jersey): Awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points from stage finishes and intermediate sprints. The overall winner receives €25,000.
  4. King of the Mountains (Polka Dot Jersey): The best climber in the Tour earns points on designated climbs, and the winner receives €25,000.
  5. Best Young Rider (White Jersey): Awarded to the highest-ranked rider under the age of 26, with the winner earning €20,000.
  6. Team Classification: The top five teams receive prizes based on the cumulative times of their best three riders each stage. The best team at the end of the Tour wins €50,000.
  7. Combativity Award: Recognizes the most aggressive rider, typically given to those who frequently attempt breakaways. The winner receives €20,000.
Mark Cavendish
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Week 1 Tour de France Prize Money Total by Team

06/07/2024 - Tour de France 2024 - Étape 8 - Semur-en-Auxois / Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (183,4 km) - GIRMAY Biniam (INTERMARCHÉ - WANTY)
Biniam Girmay
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Quick Analysis of Week 1 Performance

Top Earners

Intermarché – Wanty leads the prize money standings with an impressive €43,880. These significant earnings reflect consistent high placements in various stages and including winning intermediate sprints, holding the green jersey and winning 2 stages.

UAE Team Emirates follows with €38,460, showcasing their strategy and strength in both individual stages and general classification positions. Their prize haul is buoyed by Tadej Pogacar’s performance, aiming for the yellow jersey.

Mid-Tier Performers

Teams such as Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL (€25,010) and Uno-X Mobility (€24,860) also had noteworthy weeks. Their earnings suggest solid team performances and potential podium finishes in various stages.

Underperformers

Decathlon AG2R La Mondiale Team sits at the bottom with €2,390. This low amount indicates a tough start to the Tour for the team, largely due to crashes, tactical missteps, and simply being outpaced by stronger teams.

29/06/2024 - Tour de France 2024 - Étape 1 - Florence / Rimini (206 km) - BARDET Romain (TEAM DSM-FIRMENICH POSTNL)
Romain Bardet
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Comparing Prize Money to Stage Winners

An interesting aspect to explore is how the prize money compares to actual stage winners. Often, winning a stage can significantly boost a team’s earnings due to the large prizes associated with stage victories.

  • Stage 1 Winner: Romain Bardet (Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL) – This victory has certainly contributed to DSM’s notable earnings of €25,010.
  • Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Vauquelin (Arkea-B&B Hotels) – Arkea’s total of €15,540 reflects Vauquelin’s win and consistent team performance.
  • Stage 3 Winner: Biniam Girmay (Intermarché – Wanty) – This victory has significantly boosted Intermarché’s leading earnings of €43,880.
  • Stage 4 Winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – His stage win is a major contributor to UAE’s substantial €38,460 earnings.
  • Stage 5 Winner: Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) – Another win for Pogačar consolidates UAE’s strong financial position.
  • Stage 6 Winner: Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team) – Cavendish’s win has helped Astana to €15,420.
  • Stage 7 Winner: Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jayco Alula) – This victory is reflected in Jayco Alula’s total of €13,500.
  • Stage 8 Winner: Biniam Girmay (Intermarché – Wanty) – Another win for Girmay consolidates Intermarché’s top position.
  • Stage 9 Winner: Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) – Turgis’s win is mirrored in TotalEnergies’ earnings of €20,350.

The first week of the 2024 Tour de France has set a competitive tone, reflected in the prize money distribution. While Intermarché – Wanty and UAE Team Emirates lead the financial standings, the correlation between prize money and stage wins underscores the importance of consistent team performance. As the Tour progresses, it will be intriguing to see if the current leaders can maintain their momentum and how the prize money standings will evolve.