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By Paul Verkuylen Discovery Channel has, thanks to its riders coming in first, third and eighth...
By Paul Verkuylen
Discovery Channel has, thanks to its riders coming in first, third and eighth overall, topped the standing in the prize money as well as its overall, young rider and team classification wins. Discovery's Alberto Contador won both the yellow and the white jersey and Levi Leipheimer claimed third spot on the podium. The American squad's results sees it amassed some 723,240 Euros, almost 500,000 Euros more than second place Predictor Lotto with 235,060 Euros.
The 23 seconds that separated Cadel and Contador in the end was worth 1086,96 Euros per second for the Spaniard's team, with the 24 year-old's victory securing 450,000 Euros for Discovery versus 200,000 for Cadel's second place.
Ag2r came in at the opposite end of the list to Discovery channel winning just 12,540 Euros for the entire three weeks. The French team's take means each rider earned just 1,393 Euros, slim pickings in comparison to the Discovery boys who amassed just over 80,000 Euros each.
A noticeable absences from the pending figures below is Rabobank. The Dutch team is currently missing from the list while the UCI makes a decision on the Dane's situation, following his sacking from the squad after failing to inform authorities of his whereabouts - a requirement under anti-doping legislation.