Tour de France Facts

  • 123,900 – calories burned by a rider in the course of the Tour
  • 324,000 at 60rpm, 486,000 at 90rpm – number of pedal strokes taken per rider over the Tour
  • Three – average number of chains worn out by a single rider (Armstrong went through one chain per week)
  • 792 – total number of tires used by the peloton
  • Ten – fewest ever finishers (1919, out of 69 starters)
  • 34 – most stages won by a single rider, career total (Eddy Merckx – 1969, six stages plus overall; 1970: eight stages plus overall; 1971: four stages plus overall; 1972: six stages plus overall; 1974: eight stages plus overall; 1975: two stages)
  • Eight – most number of stages won on single Tour (Charles Pelissier, 1930 – Eddy Merckx, 1970 and 1974 – Freddy Maertens, 1976)
  • Eight – most riders to wear yellow jersey in one Tour (1987)
  • 96 – most days spent in yellow jersey (Eddy Merckx in seven Tours)
  • 28 minutes 27 seconds – biggest winning margin (Fausto Coppi over Stan Ockers, 1952)
  • Eight seconds – smallest winning margin (American Greg LeMond over Laurent Fignon in 1989)
  • 253 km – longest solo breakaway (Albert Bourlon, 1947)
  • 22 minutes 50 seconds – biggest winning margin on stage win (Jose Luis Viejo, 1976)
  • 55.152 kph over 7.2km – fastest prologue (Chris Boardman, 1994)
  • Seven – highest total number of “King of the Mountains” victories (Richard Virenque)
  • 54.545 kph over 24.5km – fastest individual time trial (Greg LeMond, 1989)
  • 54.930 kph over 67km – fastest team time trial (Gewiss, 1995)
  • 50.355 kph over 194.5km – fastest average over a flat stage (Mario Cipollini from Laval to Blois, 1999)
  • 40.276 kph – fastest average over entire Tour (Lance Armstrong, 1999)
  • 36 – age of oldest winner (Firmin Lambot, 1922)
  • 20 – age of youngest winner (Henri Cornet, 1904)
  • 16 – most times Tour finished by one rider (Joop Zoetemelk, 1970 and 1986)

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