Astana top of the Tour de France's money tree

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
1Astana€ 697,050 
2Team Saxo Bank362,850 
3Liquigas156,360 
4Garmin-Slipstream151,870 
5Team Columbia-HTC102,300 
6Cervélo TestTeam86,710 
7BBox Bouygues Telecom63,470 
8AG2R La Mondiale54,730 
9Euskaltel-Euskadi49,820 
10Cofidis Le Credit en Ligne40,690 
11Team Katusha36,820 
12Française des Jeux35,660 
13Team Milram32,830 
14Caisse d'Epargne31,540 
15Rabobank31,310 
16Agritubel27,690 
17Silence-Lotto22,570 
18Skil-Shimano22,530 
19Quick Step17,760 
20Lampre-NGC17,040 

 

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