How Much Do Tour de France Riders Make?

The Tour de France, the biggest cycling event in the world, features some of the best riders from around the globe. Over 21 stages, riders push their minds and bodies to the limit over hundreds of miles in pursuit of stage wins, sprint points, and the coveted yellow jersey. But how much are these jaw-dropping efforts worth?

Before we break down rider payouts, it’s important to note how much money was up for grabs: with a total purse prize of $2.8 million, the lion’s share goes to the top riders and teams.

Please, show me the money.


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The top 20 general classification riders received the highest rewards. The overall winner and yellow jersey for the second year in a row, Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo Visma), earned $540,000.

Second-place GC rider Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) earned around $200,000, while his teammate and third-place GC finisher Adam Yates earned about $100,000.

Tour riders who finish between 21st and 160th place receive €1,000 (around $1,097).

In addition to the GC win, stage winners earn a separate payout. The first rider to cross the finish line for each stage earns about $12,000. Payouts decrease incrementally, with the 20th-place finisher making around $329.

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Riders lucky enough to earn a color-specific jersey get an additional payout. Green (sprinter’s) jersey winner Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin–Deceuninck), aka “Jasper the Master,” and the polka dot (King of the Mountain) jersey winner Giulio Ciccone (Lidl–Trek) both took home $27,000. Payouts extend to second and third-place contenders, with each earning almost $16,000 and $10,900, respectively.

Contenders under age 25 are eligible to win the white jersey. Pogačar wore the white jersey for a historic fourth time during the 110th Tour. His payout was approximately $22,000. With the top four young riders compensated, the fourth-place rider earns roughly $5,400.

Additionally, riders known for attacking the peloton can earn the distinction of “most aggressive rider,” which comes with the red jersey and a $21,900 payout.

Finally, the top three teams of the Tour get a piece of the pie. This year, Jumbo-Visma took top honors earning over $50,000. The UAE Team Emirates squad finished second with about $30,000, and Ineos Grenadiers finished third and collected almost $22,000.

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Taneika is a Jamaica native, a runner and a gravel cyclist who resides in Virginia. Passionate about cycling, she aims to get more people, of all abilities, to ride the less beaten path. 

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