Beyond the glory for winning the pink jersey and one of the three great stage tours, the 2023 Giro d’Italia, which is about to begin, has some juicy financial prizes that often represent an important extra than for the runners who achieve them for the assistants and mechanics of the teams, since it is tradition to distribute what they have achieved among all the members of the squads.
Beyond the salaries received by the cyclists and the team staff, salaries that, except in the case of the big stars, are far from the astronomical figures that are handled in other more massive sports, so the prizes that are harvested in the different races represent an important boost to their income, especially when it comes to second level runners or assistants and mechanics.
In the case of the 2023 Giro d’Italia, the total amount allocated to prizes amounts to €1,500,000, of which a significant percentage goes to the winners of the general classification. The winner of the Giro will pocket €265,000; €133,000 will go to the second classified; and €68,000 to the third party.
For their part, partial stage victories have a reward of €11,010, with a prize for the top 20 finishers each day, gradually decreasing to €276 for the twentieth rider to cross the finish line. Meanwhile, the wearer of the pink jersey gets €2,000 every day.
Secondary rankings are also another good source of income. In the case of the cycling jersey, the first three in the Flyers Awards of each stage obtain €700, €400 and €200 respectively, with the leader of the classification adding another €750 each day. At the end of the race, the winner of the maglia ciclamino gets a not inconsiderable €10,000. Same figures, both the daily amount and the final amount, obtained by the leader of the youth classification.
In the case of the mountain jersey, each port awards €700, €400 and €200 to the first three cyclists to cross the top. The leader of the classification adds €750 daily while the final winner of the mountain will win a prize of €5,000.
In addition, the Giro establishes another series of prizes such as €100 a day for the runner who is on the run for the most kilometers, a count that at the end of the Giro will mean €4,800 for the most adventurous cyclist. Also the prize for combativeness, which has a daily allocation of €250 and €4,000 for the most combative cyclist in the Giro d’Italia.
Figures that seem modest compared to other sports, especially if we take into account that we are facing one of the three most important races in the world but, as we indicated at the beginning, they represent a good complement for a good part of the members of cycling, especially for those who move in the background but who are an essential part of the triumphs achieved by each squad.