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What do you Know About the Tour de France?

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Question: What do you Know About the Tour de France?
You've made clear what enquiring minds most want to know: how much prize money is at stake in the Tour de France? Over $3.5 million.

Answer: Test your Tour de France trivia knowledge:

  • Miles: 2241
  • Duration: three weeks
  • First Tour de France: 1903

    Riders and Bikes

  • 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 goes 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)

    Specific 2005 Tour de France facts

  • One jaunt into foreign territory (Stage Seven in Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • Two rest days (July 11 and 18)
  • Three summit finishes (Courchevel, Ax-3 Domaines, Pla d'Adet in Saint-Lary Soulan)
  • Five classic climbs to hors categorie 'unclassified' summits (Col de la Madeleine, Col de Galibier, Port de Pailheres, Pla d'Adet, Col d'Aubisque)
  • Nine riders in each team and number of flat stages
  • 15,000,000 spectators set to line the route
  • 21 stages
  • 22 teams
  • 36 French victories on the Tour since debut in 1903
  • 67.5 kilometers to ride on team time trial
  • 74 km - the combined distance of the two individual time trials
  • 131 - times Paris has hosted a start or finish of the Tour
  • 19 km - the shortest flat stage of the race (Stage One from Fromentine to Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile)
  • 198 riders at the start
  • 239.5 km - longest stage in the Tour (Stage 17 from Pau to Revel)
  • 381 euros prize money for riders finishing race after 120th position
  • 1200 hotel rooms reserved for teams and staff, press, and Tour personel
  • 1904 - the year of the first documented case of cheating in the Tour
  • 2400 hours of TV coverage
  • 2004 meters - the altitude of the Courchevel (Stage Ten), the highest climb on the 2005 Tour
  • 7620 euros prize money for the winner of a stage
  • 8400 food bags distributed at feeding stations throughout race
  • 20,000 euros in prize money to most combative rider in race
  • 25,055 security personnel
  • 42,000 water bottles used by teams
  • 353,430 km - approximate distance of all previous 90 Tours de France
  • 400,000 euros prize money for race winner
  • 2,877,705 euros total prize money for the entire race
  • 217 miles of barricades erected and torn down for the race
  • 250 gendarmes on stage routes per day

    Totally Trival 2005 Tour de France Stats

  • 4500 accompanying people
  • 1500 vehicles
  • 60 permanent staff
  • 200 temporary staff
  • 180 service providers
  • 14 medical staff
  • 13,000 gendarmes
  • 45 “gardes républicains”
  • 9000 police staff
  • 3000 government officials from the Ministère de l'Équipement
  • 15,000,000 spectators (men: 68% - women: 32%)
  • 96% in France, 90% in Europe - Tour name recognition
  • 11 million gifts distributed
  • 2300 accredidated journalists
  • 1200 photographer, cameramen & TV directors
  • 1100 technicians or chauffeurs
  • 528 various media
  • 78 television channels showing the Tour in 170 countries
  • 2,000,000,000 television viewers

    Vive le Tour!

    Facts partially courtesy of tourdefrancenews.com and letour.fr.

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