Tour de France 2019 Prize Money: Purse Payout Distribution for Final Standings

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2019

Colombia's Egan Bernal (C) celebrates his overall leader's yellow jersey as he poses with second-placed Great Britain's Geraint Thomas (L) and third-placed Netherlands' Steven Kruijswijk on the podium of the 21st and last stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Rambouillet and Paris Champs-Elysees, in Paris on July 28, 2019. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Egan Bernal will take home the €500,000 (£450,000) winner's share of the purse for the 2019 Tour de France after the Colombian was confirmed as champion on Sunday.

Bernal rode into Paris hand-in-hand with fellow Team Ineos rider Geraint Thomas, who had relinquished the title he won in 2018:

Felix Lowe @saddleblaze

Changing of the Guard #TDF2019 https://t.co/GtOscPcYjF

The new champion took his place on the podium alongside Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk as the top three riders in the general classification. Meanwhile, Peter Sagan retained the green jersey in the points standings, and Romain Bardet took the polka dot jersey as the King of the Mountains, per the race's official website.

Caleb Ewan was the final stage winner of the race after the Lotto-Soudal man capped a stellar maiden appearance on the tour by crossing the line first at the Champs-Elysees:

Lotto Soudal @Lotto_Soudal

🥇🥇🥇 🥈 🥉🥉🥉 What a @LeTour debut, @CalebEwan! 😱 #TDF2019 https://t.co/yLt9aHXN3n

Eurosport's Felix Lowe provided the final GC standings:

Felix Lowe @saddleblaze

Final top 10 of the #TDF2019 as Bernal makes history for Colombia in an Ineos one-two with defending champion Thomas. https://t.co/m6yJ6VbhT8

Here's how the payouts are distributed among the top riders, according to John MacLeary of The Telegraph:

1. €500,000

2. €200,000

3. €100,000

4. €70,000

5. €50,000

6. €23,000

7. €11,500

8. €7,600

9. €4,500

10. €3,800

MacLeary also noted how Sagan and Bardet are each due €25,000. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Bernal will pocket an additional €20,000 due the winner of the white jersey in the race's youth category.

Bernal also made history on two levels, including becoming the youngest champion since 1909:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

"After a century of the yellow jersey, we have a first... a Colombian on the top step of the podium in Paris" What a moment for @Eganbernal https://t.co/dRpsUjVn8b

He had merited such plaudits thanks to his consistency on this year's tour. Bernal's rapid development could see him dominate for years, with Thomas ready to believe there are more titles in the South American's future, per BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener: "Egan is the future and when I'm 45 and old and fat and sat in the pub watching him win a 10th Tour de France I can say I told him all I know."

Kidding aside, 33-year-old Thomas isn't about to rule himself out of returning to the top step on the podium in 2020. When asked if he could win 12 months from now, the Welshman simply replied "I think so," per Daniel Benson of Cycling News.

It was also a record-setting day for Sagan, who has had a cast-iron grip on the green jersey in recent years:

BORA – hansgrohe @BORAhansgrohe

🇫🇷 #TDF2019 @petosagan sprints to 10th place & collects his record-breaking seventh Maillot Vert @LeTour Chapeau Peto, you are a rockstar 💚 Photo: #iamspecialized https://t.co/L3NEG918wG

Sagan is the model of consistency on the tour, but if there's an obvious challenger to his ownership of the points prize it's Ewan. The Australian excelled in the sprints on his tournament debut, leading to three stage wins and second spot in the green jersey standings.

Ewan has made his mark as a rider to watch in next year's race, while Bernal will also be fancied to keep Ineos at the forefront of the sport.


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