Three of the four Kiwis who started the 2018 edition of the Tour de France arrived on the Champs-Elysees after what could be described as arguably one of the more arduous races in recent times.   The mixed fortunes of their teams were reflected in the prize money of this year’s race as Dion Smith’s Wanty-Groupe Gobert topped the list of four teams who rode the Tour.

It’s little surprise that Team Sky topped the prize money standings outright at the 2018 Tour de France, taking home a handsome sum of 728,630 Euros which included the 500,000 Euros for Geraint Thomas’ overall victory.  Team Sunweb, with Tom Dumoulin in second place, were runners up on the standings; with LottoNL-Jumbo – courtesy of fourth & fifth overall for Roglic and Kruijswijk, and three stage wins – taking third on the standings.

New Zealand riders truly had a Tour of mixed fortunes and this is reflected in the prize money that was awarded.  Unquestionably Wanty-Groupe Gobert had a stand out Tour de France.  Regularly in the breakaways, third in the best young rider classification, a host of top ten stage finishes and Dion Smith’s stint in the polka dot jersey; Wanty-Groupe Gobert came away with the 11th highest sum of prize money overall with 56,600 Euros.

One place behind them came BMC Racing who, despite losing team leader Richie Porte, and Patrick Bevin after the early mountain stages, still had a strong Tour.  Victory in stage 3’s team time trial along with 8 days in the yellow jersey for Greg van Avermaet contributed to a total haul of  54,340 Euros.

It is surprising that some of the biggest teams endured some of the toughest races on account of team leaders in a large part abandoning the race or being eliminated.  Tom Scully and EF Education First-Drapac suffered from losing Rigoberto Uran.  Although Scully did well to feature in a big day-long breakaway and was also an instrumental member of the team sprint train; EF Education First-Drapac ended with the lowest total of prize money at 14,420 Euros.  

Mitchelton-Scott fared a little better, bringing home 20,970 Euros; 18th out of the 22 teams.  However, they too suffered from Adam Yates being ruled out of being able to make an earnest GC challenge.  They were not helped either by Yates’ crash late in stage 16 when possibly on his way to a redemptive stage win.  Questions will hang over whether they might have been more successful if Caleb Ewan had been given a start in the race and an opportunity to let loose in the sprints.

The prize money list for the 2018 Tour de France is:

Pos. Team Prize money (Euros)

1

Team Sky

728630

2

Team Sunweb

245280

3

LottoNL-Jumbo

190980

4

Quick-Step Floors

145070

5

BORA-Hansgrohe

125900

6

Movistar

114620

7

UAE Team Emirates

100650

8

Bahrain-Merida

86050

9

AG2R La Mondiale

69800

10

Trek-Segafredo

58850

11

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

56600

12

BMC Racing

54340

13

Astana

53530

14

Groupama-FDJ

53290

15

Direct Energie

40850

16

Fortuneo-Samsic

36590

17

Cofidis

25780

18

Mitchelton-Scott

20970

19

Katusha-Alpecin

18070

20

Lotto Soudal

16750

21

Dimension Data

15730

22

EF Education First Drapac

14420

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