One of the biggest cycling events of the year is now finished, as Vincenzo Nibali was able to overcome the tough conditions and a competitive field to win the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
The event's official Twitter account announced the news of the victory:
Vincenzo Nibali wins Giro d'Italia 2013 / Vincenzo Nibali vince il Giro d'Italia 2013 #giro— Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) May 26, 2013
This Italian race brings as much prestige as any event in the sport, save for the Tour de France. However, the total purse for the winners is relatively low at only €1,383,110 ($1,788,627.66), according to Cycling Weekly. Comparatively, the Tour de France gives out almost twice as much to its winners.
Another interesting factor is that a great deal of the money is spread out across the field to those who win each stage. Daily winners receive €11,010 ($14,238.05), which puts more emphasis on coming out on top in those instead of saving for the long haul.
Still, Nibali will receive a nice paycheck for his efforts, as he wins €90,000 ($116,387.34) by finishing in first place. This comes in addition to his other bonuses for finishing in the top 20 of various other stages, which combines to make this a profitable month.
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Finishing in second place was Rigoberto Uran, who will take home €50,000 ($64,659.63). Cadel Evans also had a strong performance throughout the event and will earn €20,000 ($25,863.85) for finishing in third place.
There are other various prizes for the younger riders, the best climbers and the best sprinters, although the attention is clearly placed on the overall champion. Still, it is clear that there are plenty of contests to go around throughout the large field.
This is an incredibly grueling event, and the winners deserve every penny they receive for competing. They simply have to make sure they finish near the front to earn their paychecks.
Complete Standings (via Gazzetta.it)
|5||Carlos A. Betancur Gomez||COL||+7:28|
|8||Benat Intxausti Elorriaga||ESP||+10:26|