Nice little earner for US Postal

All the hard work paid off in the best way for US Postal as the American team ended up with the grea

All the hard work paid off in the best way for US Postal as the American team ended up with the grea
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Lance Armstrong has won his sixth Tour de France in a row, and no doubt will be rewarded handsomely with sponsorship offers and a pay-rise. But his US postal team-mates need not worry; all their hard work certainly paid off. With the team earning a total of 578,842 euros, it will be a nice little pay-day for both the riders and the back-room staff with whom the prize money is traditionally shared out. Mirroring the individual podium, Andreas Kloeden's T-Mobile squad were the second highest earners of the 2004 Tour, although some way behind US Postal's fortune, with 339,656 euros. And third-placed Ivan Basso's CSC team, with 183,880 euros, were again some way behind T-Mobile. Winner on the Champs Elyses, Tom Boonen, helped top up his Quick Step-Davitamon team's purse to 126,485 euros, helped also by team-mate Richard Virenque's record seventh win in the polka-dot jersey competition for the King of the Mountains. And lowly French outfit RAGT Smences unfortunately lived up to expectations with no stage wins. They didn't come away completely empty handed, but with just 7,960 euros to put in the kitty - in last place of the 21 teams, 570,882 euros less than US Postal - the seed company-sponsored team will be hoping that they can grow, talent-wise, by next July, and that their earnings will blossom.
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