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  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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