Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 15, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins Tour of Oman opener; US judge denies Armstrong request, federal whistleblower case headed to jury trial; Tramadol: Why Some Athletes and Experts Want It Banned; Boonen crashes in Oman, okay to start second stage; Chris Hoy: Cycling needs a shake up; Three Days De Panne-Koksijde signs 10 year agreement with events company Golazo; Gent-Wevelgem announces final teams; Merckx: Tour of Qatar unlikely for 2018; Hennie Kuiper searching for infamous photographer; Wout van Aert tops prize money list; Crash in amateur race after elbows thrown; Behind the scenes making a carbon frame; Film: To The Night.

Wout van Aert tops prize money list

by CyclingTips

While the rainbow stripes of the world championship is a good indicator of a successful season, another calculation is the total prize money earned, as they do in professional golf. By that metric Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) again bettered his rival Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) by quite a margin.

Van Aert earned a total of €136,697 while van der Poel took home €81,753. This is only gross prize money and does not account for start money or taxes levied.

Van Aert had an advantage over van der Poel all season as the Dutch rider delayed the start of his season to nurse an injury.

As well, van Aert winning the overall of the DVV Trophy made a big difference earning €30,000 to van der Poel’s paltry €750. This was significant compared to the hansgrohe Superprestige where the split was closer with €30,000 to van der Poel and €17,500 to van Aert.

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