Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome has pulled out of this year’s race because of the damage caused by a fall, but how much could the exit damage his earnings?
The cyclist last year pocketed almost half a million from his success in the Tour, including the biggest handout for winners of €450,000.
In addition to big money prizes for the winner and runners up, a total of €2m is distributed throughout the race for stage winners, best sprinters and climbers, and even the riders who finish between 91st and 160th place get a hand out of €400.
In 2013 Froome didn’t just win the Tour and the yellow jersey, he racked up three stage wins, 14 yellow jerseys across 20 stages, six king of the mountain polka dot jerseys and placed second overall best climber- totaling an additional €32,200 of prize money.
Tour de France 2014 main prize money