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Question about Grand Tour prize money distributionlaffingroup
May 6, 2003 3:12 PM
Am I correct in my belief that it is customary for the G.C. winner to divide his purse evenly amongst his team members? The reason I ask is this; for some odd reason my employer made an off-the-wall reference to the '88 Giro as a means of exhorting the worker bees to do more. I vaguely recall some sort of controversy regarding the distribution of the prize money that year. Any historians out there who can shed some light on this one?
re: Question about Grand Tour prize money distributionatpjunkie
May 6, 2003 6:40 PM
yes it is customary for G.C. Winner to give all his winnings to his Team (Split amongst riders, soigniers, etc...) 1988 Giro was year Andy Hampsten won both the pink and green jerseys for the 7-11 Team. First (and only) American to win Giro. Horrid conditions, Andy made attacks in snow storm atop Italian Alps or Dolomites. He and 7-11 team out gutted the field. I don't remember any controversy regarding payment.I think boss may be pulling nationalist card since Giro is starting and wants you guys to "pull amid the storm". Tell him if he plans to divide the profits amongst the worker bees and not keep any himself tell him you are ready. So make sure profit sharing is benefitting you domestiques of the company and not him your GC Honch.
re: Question about Grand Tour prize money distributionlaffingroup
May 10, 2003 10:41 AM
Thanks. I recall Hamptsen's heroic efforts in the hills that year and how his dominance in the mountains reflected in the points competition as well as the GC. Followed by LeMond's great win at the Tour next year that was a couple of pretty good years. I thought I recalled some low-intensity griping about prize money, but I'm glad to discover I just imagined it.......
re: Question about Grand Tour prize money distributionatpjunkie
May 12, 2003 11:56 AM
Welcome, but don't quote me as I'm no Giro historian. Find out if Bob Roll is doing an online chat through OLN. He was on the team and would be the true source of info. The Giro is on now so it would be a related topic.