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Astana top of the Tour de France's money tree

Richard Tyler
July 28, 2009, 10:23 BST,
July 28, 2009, 12:15 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tour de France, Stage 21
Astana also collected the teams classification

Astana also collected the teams classification

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Perfomances of Contador and Armstrong help team to €33,000 per day

Astana claimed more than a third of the prize money available at this year's Tour de France. The Kazakh squad amassed €697,050 [approx US$995,000] after it finished the Tour with three riders in the top ten on general classification.

 Alberto Contador won his second Tour de France while Lance Armstrong and Andreas Klöden claimed third and sixth, respectively. Astana also claimed the team classification by virtue of the high overall positions of its riders.

Andy Schleck's second place at the Tour and stage wins for Fabian Cancellara , Frank Schleck and Nicki Sorenson meant that Team Saxo Bank finished with €362,850, ahead of Liquigas, whose win in the mountains classification through Franco Pellizotti helped to net them €156,360.

Despite Mark Cavendish's six stage wins Columbia-HTC were fifth on the list, bringing in €102,300 over the three week race.

The lowest earners were Lampre-NGC, who claimed €17,040. The sum earned by the Italian squad equates to about €811 for each of the 21 stages of the race. In comparison, Astana's total means that they earned, on average, a little over €33,000 per day.

The list below details the prize money earned by each of the teams that participated in the 2009 Tour de France:


Tour de France Prize Money
1 Astana € 697,050  
2 Team Saxo Bank 362,850  
3 Liquigas 156,360  
4 Garmin-Slipstream 151,870  
5 Team Columbia-HTC 102,300  
6 Cervélo TestTeam 86,710  
7 BBox Bouygues Telecom 63,470  
8 AG2R La Mondiale 54,730  
9 Euskaltel-Euskadi 49,820  
10 Cofidis Le Credit en Ligne 40,690  
11 Team Katusha 36,820  
12 Française des Jeux 35,660  
13 Team Milram 32,830  
14 Caisse d'Epargne 31,540  
15 Rabobank 31,310  
16 Agritubel 27,690  
17 Silence-Lotto 22,570  
18 Skil-Shimano 22,530  
19 Quick Step 17,760  
20 Lampre-NGC 17,040  


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