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Interesting Tour de France Facts

Calories consumed by a rider per day: 5,900 average, 9,000 max

 

Calories burned by a rider in the course of the Tour: 123,900 (based on 5900-per day average at 21 days of racing)

 

Number of pedal strokes taken per rider for the three weeks: 324,000 (at 60 rpm); 486,000 (at 90 rpm)

 

Number (or miles) of barricades erected and torn down for the race: 217 miles

 

Number of gendarmes (French military police officers) on the Tour: 13,000

 

Number of chains worn out by a single rider: 3 (Armstrong went through a chain a week)

 

Total number of tires used by the peloton: 792

 

Number of finishers, worst-ever year: 10 in 1919 (out of 69 starters)

Most stages won by a single rider, career total: 34, Eddy Merckx (1969: six stages and overall; 1970: eight stages and overall; 1971: four stages and overall; 1972: six stages and overall; 1974: eight stages and overall; 1975: two stages)

 

Most number of stages won on single Tour: 8--Charles Pelissier (1930), Eddy Merckx (1970, 1974), and Freddy Maertens (1976)

 

Most riders to wear yellow jersey in one Tour: 8 in 1987

 

Most days spent in yellow jersey: 96 by Eddy Merckx (in 7 participations)

 

Biggest winning margin (since 1947): 28 min 27 sec (Fausto Coppi--Stan Ockers in 1952)

 

Smallest winning margin: 8 sec (Greg LeMond--Laurent Fignon in 1989)

 

Longest solo breakaway: 253 km by Albert Bourlon in 1947

 

Biggest winning margin on stage win: 22 min 50 sec by Jose Luis Viejo in 1976

 

Fastest prologue: 55.152 kph by Chris Boardman in 1994 over 7.2 km

 

Highest total number of "King of the Mountains" victories: 7 by Richard Virenque

 

Fastest individual time trial: 54.545 kph by Greg LeMond in 1989 over 24.5 km

 

Fastest team time trial: 54.930 kph by Gewiss in 1995 over 67 km

 

Fastest average over a flat stage: 50.355 kph by Mario Cipollini in 1999 over 194.5 km (Laval-Blois)

 

Fastest average over whole Tour: 40.276 kph by Lance Armstrong in 1999

 

Oldest race winner: Firmin Lambot (36) in 1922

 

Youngest winner: Henri Cornet (20) in 1904

 

Most times participated by one rider: 16 (Joop Zoetemelk, between 1970 and 1986; he finished them all)

 

15: million spectators set to line the route

 

36: French victories on the Tour since debut in 1903

 

132: times Paris has hosted a start or finish of the Tour

 

52 km: the shortest flat stage of the race (Stage 7, from Saint-Meen-le-Grand to Lorient)

 

198: riders at the start

 

1,200: number of hotel rooms reserved for teams and their staff, press, and Tour personnel

 

1904: The year of the first documented case of cheating in the Tour

 

2,965: hours of TV coverage

 

1,860 m: the altitude of the L'Alpe d'Huez

 

3,653.6 km: the total distance

 

8,400: food bags distributed at feeding stations throughout race

 

25,055: number of security personnel.

 

42,000: water bottles used by teams in race

 

360,466 km: approximate distance of all previous 92 Tours de France

 

3,200,000 euros: total prize money for the entire race

 

450,000 euros: prize money for race winner