In a tour the team would be delighted with having a rider hold the yellow jersey for half the race even if he had no chance of holding it to the end. There is a daily prize but it is pretty small EUR350 daily compared to EUR450000 for the winner in the TDF 2011, bu t it has a big impact in terms of sponsorship and so on.
Now in Peleton the sposors are fixed during the season but holding the yellow could have a big impact on the fans which brings it's own reward.
The reason I bring this up as that in the grand tours in Peloton it is sometimes possible to grab the yellow on the early stages and hand on for a while, before the mountain men take over. However there is no reward and therefore no justification for expending effort unless you can hold the yersey to the end. This is a shame as in cycling, the fight to hold onto a jersey that you cannot possibly hope to win in the end is one of the great aspects of the sport
Daily reward money for holding a jersey during big tours could be a part of sponsors contracts. Actual numbers have to be analysed a bit further of course, but it could be something like say, 500€ for holding yellow each day and 300€ for green and mountain.
We plan to have different calendars each season and maybe even for each division, but the 3 big tours will always be there. Daily money for smaller tours might be a bit too much anyway.
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I don't thin kit needs to be in the prize money, just needs to matter somewhere. Sponsor could have incentives, which would make sense or fans could react.
Of course I'd love it the cyclist's history showed "Held Jersey in Tour X for 7 stages" but I realised that is probably a lot more effort, for no real impact on the game.
Yeah, I wish the history was a bit more complete too. Ideally it would show all podium finishes, days holding jerseys in grand tours, and maybe even top 10 finishes in grand tours and monuments (though that may be a little too much).