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Astana top of the Tour de France's money tree

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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) looks content on the podium in Paris

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) looks content on the podium in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and his spotty brood

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and his spotty brood (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Another Tour trophy for Alberto Contador (Astana)

Another Tour trophy for Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Astana also collected the teams classification

Astana also collected the teams classification (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tour champion Alberto Contador shows off his yellow jersey to residents of his home town of Pinto, Spain on Monday.

Tour champion Alberto Contador shows off his yellow jersey to residents of his home town of Pinto, Spain on Monday. (Image credit: AFP)

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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