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Sporting stakes / rules

What is there to win?

The rules are the bible for a sporting competition. Through their balance and subtleties, they must ensure equality, motivate the riders and help spectators and viewers to understand the event. Here is an outline of the main points in the rules.

Prize money: a total of around 2 million Euros will be awarded and given out to the teams and the riders, including 450 000 Euros to the winner of the final individual general classification.

Download the rules (pdf, 42 pages, 1 Mo)

The Stakes

In the pack of 198 riders, there are many different objectives, depending on the temperament, qualities and missions of each rider. The most collective of individual sports involves the majority of them in multi-layered strategies. The distinctive jerseys and other goals to be achieved during the 3 weeks of racing are listed below.

  • Stage victories

    The 21 stages of Le Tour 2014 are divided up as follows: 9 flat stages, 5 hilly stages, 6 mountain stages with 5 high-altitude finishes, and 1 individual time-trial stage.
    Prize money: € 22,500 per stage (€ 472,500 in total).
    The stage victory has been sponsored by Powerbar.

  • The Yellow Jersey

    It is worn by the leader of the general individual time classification.
    Prize money: € 450,000 for the overall winner (€ 1,009,000 in total).
    The Yellow Jersey has been sponsored by LCL since 1987.

  • The Green Jersey

    It is worn by the leader of the points classification. The points are won on the intermediate sprints and at the stage.
    Prize money: € 25,000 for the overall winner (€ 131,000 in total).
    The Green Jersey has been sponsored by PMU since 1992.

  • The Red Polka Dot Jersey

    It is worn by the best climber. Points for the best climber classification are awarded at the top of any classified slope. The prize money is doubled on the four stage finishes that will take place at the summit of climbs.
    Prize money: € 25,000 for the overall winner (€ 109,200 in total).
    The Polka Dot Jersey has been sponsored by Carrefour.

  • The White Jersey

    It is worn by the best young rider aged 25 years old or less in the general individual time classification.
    Prize money: € 20,000 for the overall winner (€ 66,500 in total).
    The White Jersey has been sponsored by Škoda since 2004.

  • The Combativity Award

    This distinction is awarded at the end of each stage by a jury made up of cycling specialists. An overall winner is designated after the last stage of Le Tour.
    Prize money: € 20,000 for the overall winner (€ 58,000 in total).
    The Most aggressive rider Prize has been sponsored by Antargaz since 2014.

  • The team classification

    This classification is determined by adding the times of the best three riders of each team in each stage (except for the team time-trial).
    Prize money: € 50,000 for the winning team (€ 178,800 in total).
    The team classification has been sponsored by RAGT Semences.

  • Only one time-trial

    There will only be one time-trial stage during the 2014 Tour. It will take place on Saturday the 26th of July, between Bergerac and Périgueux, on a distance of 54 kilometres on the eve of the final arrival in Paris.

  • No bonus seconds

    For this 2014 edition, no bonus seconds will be up for grabs at the intermediate sprints and the stage finishes. Real time will be the absolute reference.

  • Points distribution

    The Green Jersey will be rewarded to the points’ classification leader. Points will be given out at the finish of each stage and at a single intermediate sprint on each of the normal road stages.
    The Polka-Dot Jersey will be worn by the leader of the best climbers’ classification. Points will be given at the top of each mountain and hill. They will be doubled for the mountain-top finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Chamrousse, Risoul, Saint-Lary-Soulan, Hautacam).

  • Helmets must be worn at all times

    All riders must wear a helmet for the entire duration of each stage and on each stage.

  • Falls in the last three kilometres

    As has been the case since 2005, riders involved in a fall in the last three kilometres of a stage are given the same finishing time as the group which they belonged to. This rule is not applicable in time-trial stages and stages that finish at the summit of a climb.

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