One of the most awaited cycling events on a global level is the World Road Cycling Championship, which each year decides who will wear the rainbow jersey during the following season. Wearing the rainbow stripes of the world champion is a priceless distinction in itself, but if you add to that a nice cash number, winning a world championship is a double reason for happiness. At the World Road Cycling Championships in Innsbruck, the winners of all the races received a generous cash prize for their place. What sums are we talking about?
In the popular long-distance modality, the one that causes more expectation and more passions, the winners earned a total of 16.101€, with 7.667€ for the gold medal (Alejandro Valverde and Anna van der Breggen), 5.367€ for the silver medal (Romain Bardet and Amanda Spratt), and 3.067€ for the bronze medal (Michael Woods and Tatiana Guderzo). For comparison, the top three finishers in the World Mountain Bike Championships in Lenzerheide (XCO and DHI) won €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 respectively.
In the individual time trial category, the top three finishers in the men's and women's races received a total of €7,766, divided into €3,833 for the gold medal (Rohan Dennis and Annemiek van Vleuten), €2,300 for the silver medal (Tom Dumoulin and Anna van der Breggen), and €1,633 for the bronze medal (Victor Campenaerts and Ellen van Dijk).
The team time trial race was the one with the most cash prizes with a total of 83.331€. The five best teams of masculine and female category got the amount of 33.333€ for the first classified, 20.833€ for the second, 16.666€ for the third, 8.333€ for the fourth and 4.166€ for the fifth. At the Lenzerheide Mountain Bike World Championship, the first three teams in the Team Relay race (the closest thing to the Innsbruck team time trial) won €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 respectively.