The 2022 Tour de France has total prize money of €2,282,000.
Unlike other sports, it’s not a winner’s take all when it comes to prize money, although the overall winner takes almost 25% of the total prize money.
The prize money calculation in the Tour de France is more nuanced. There are several secondary and daily competitions in which prize money is awarded.
Here’s a summary of the Tour de France prize money for the various competitions. This article breaks down how the prize money is calculated.
|Competition||Total prize money|
|Best climber classification||€107,250|
|Young rider classification||€66,500|
|Most aggressive rider classification||€36,000|
|Super combative rider classification||€20,000|
|Special bonus prize||€5,000|
|Total prize money||€2,282,000|
For example, last year’s winner Tadej Pogačar of UAE Team Emirates took home a total of €609,770 for his General Classification, Best Climber Classification, Young Rider Classification, three stage wins and his days wearing the yellow, white, and polka dot jersey.
General Classification (Yellow jersey)
The winner of the General Classification takes home €500,000, followed by €200,000 for second placing and €100,000 for third placing. Prize money is awarded to the top 160 riders, with positions 20 to 160 earning €1,000.
Total prize for General Classification : €1,128,800.
|20 to 160||€1,000|
The day’s stage winner will receive €11,000, followed by €5,500 and €2,800. Prize money is awarded to the first 20 finishers.
Total prize for General Classification : €601,650.
Points Classification (Green jersey)
The Points Classification is also known as the green jersey or sprinters’ competition. The Points Classification winner receives €25,000.
For stages that have intermediate sprints, the first three riders who cross the intermediate sprint points will receive €1,500, €1,000, and €500 respectively. There are 19 stages with intermediate sprints in 2022.
The rider who wears the Green jersey will receive €300 each day, except for the first day.
Total prize for Points Classification : €128,000.
|Placing||Intermediate sprint||Green jersey wearer||Green jersey winner|
Best Climber Classification (Polka dot jersey)
The Climbers Classification is also known as the Polka dot jersey or king of mountain competition. The Climbers Classification winner receives €25,000. Prize money is awarded for the top eight positions.
Total prize for Best Climber Classification : €71,800.
|Position||Polka dot jersey wearer||Polka dot jersey winner|
There is also prize money awarded for the first three riders who summit all categorized climbs. At the time of writing, the number of categorized climbs at the 2022 Tour de France is not released yet, although the route was announced in 2021.
Total prize for climb/summit passes : €36,550.
Young Rider Classification (White jersey)
The Young Rider Classification is for riders aged 26 and below as of January 1st. It’s known as the White jersey or Youth classification. The Young Rider Classification winner receives €20,000.
The rider who wears the Polka dot jersey will receive €300 each day. The first rider under 26 years old to finish the stage day will receive €500.
Total prize for Young Rider Classification : €66,500.
|Position||First on stage||White jersey wearer||White jersey winner|
The Team Classification is where the time of the first three riders of each team is added up daily. The team with the least amount of time is the Team Classification winner.
The winning team will receive €50,000, followed by €30,000, €20,000, €12,000, and €8,000 for second to fifth placing.
The team with the least amount of time for each stage (the first three riders’ finishing time) receives €2,800.
Total prize for Team Classification : €178,800.
|Position||First on stage||Team Classification winner|
Most Aggressive Rider
The Most Aggressive Rider is a daily award for the rider who animates the race. The organizer has the discretion to decide the winner. It’s usually someone who has been riding aggressively throughout the day, whether in the breakaway or attacking his competitors relentlessly.
The most aggressive rider is awarded €2,000 daily for 18 stages, excluding time trials.
Total prize for Most Aggressive Rider : €36,000.
Super Combative Rider
The Super Combative Rider is similar to the Most Aggressive Rider award. The difference is that the Super Combative Rider award is for the entire Tour de France (21 stages), rather than individual stage.
The Super Combative Rider is awarded €20,000.