Road Cycling Events

The Tour de France in Numbers

Get set to impress with these little known facts about the Tour de France

  1. 3,656-the total distance all 21 stages of the Tour de France will cover from Saturday July 5- 27.
  2. 3– The amount of altitude finish lines (Alpe d’Huez, Sestrières, and Puy-de-Dôme) Fausto Coppi crossed, claiming his second Tour de France winning title in 1952.
  3. 9– the number of new stage cities for the 2014 event: Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge, Ypres, Oyonnax, Risoul, Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour.
  4. 3.5 billion– the worldwide television audience that watch the Tour de France annually.
  5. 3 weeks– the length of the Tour de France.
  6. 5– Jacques Anquetil was a French road racing cyclist and the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times, in 1957 and from 1961 to 1964.
  1. 7 – the record number of times the Tour has been won by a single rider (Lance Armstrong).
  2. 20,000 – total prize, in Francs, up for grabs in the first Tour in 1903.
  3. 26– the rider under this age and who has the lowest cumulative time wears a white jersey.
  4.  50.4 kph – the fastest average speed over a single stage (Mario Cipollini, Laval to Blois, 1999).
  5. 6– the number of hours an average spectator spends at the roadside.
  6. 188– the number of countries that broadcast the Tour de France.
  7. 130km – the average distance travelled by spectators to attend the Tour.
  8. 34– the number of stages won by “The Cannibal,” aka Eddy Merckx from Belgium.
  9. 123,900 – the number of calories burned by a rider in the course of the Tour, the equivalent of 253 McDonald’s Big Macs.
  10. 121– the number of television channels across the world that show the race every year.
  11. 30– the percent of the tour’s spectators that are women.
  12. 12 million– the number of spectators the tour attracts each year.
  13.  3 – average number of chains worn out by each rider, although Lance Armstrong used one a week.
  14. 1910 – the year in which the first death occurred during the Tour. The circumstances were unusual: Frenchman, Adolphe Heliere drowned in the French Riviera while enjoying a rest day.
  15. 2012– the year Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour.
  16. 88 million– the amount of money the tour brought to the south-east’s economy 2007, the last time the Tour visited England when it raced from London to Kent.
  17. 20 – age of the youngest ever winner of the Tour (Henri Cornet, 1904).
  18. 324,000 at 60rpm or 486,000 at 90rpm – number of pedal strokes taken per rider over the Tour.
  19. 4,700– the number of hours of television coverage the Tour receives annually.
  20. 1,200– the average number of hotel rooms reserved every evening for everyone involved in the Tour.
  21. 1958– the year Yorkshire’s very own Brian Robinson was the first Brit to win a stage of Tour de France.


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