Tour de France Record holders in figures
Eventhough French cyclist Raymond Poulidor never won the Tour de France, he holds the record for the most podiums – 8 places in the first 3. It’s Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx who still holds the record for the most stage victories with 34 wins.
The youngest cyclist to ever win the Tour? Henri Cornet in 1904 at the age of 20. France holds the most final victories (36) ahead of Belgium (18) and Spain (12).
The longest stage ever was raced by the athletes of the 1919 Tour who cycled 486 km between Sables d'Olonne and Bayonne!
Did you know that in 2005 racers cycled for three weeks at an average speed of 41.6 km/h?
Let’s not forget that the first edition in 1903 was won by Maurice Garin who is still the recordholder of the largest margin between first and second place in the general standing: 2h 59' 21".
Numbers, technical details and statistics
The 101 tours de France that took place from 1903 to 2014 represent more than 360,000 km, or approximately the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
- All the departments of France and all of its neighboring countries were visited.
- More than 500 cities or villages hosted the Tour (about 2,000 stages and prologues).
- More than 10,000 cyclists have participated.
- About 5,000 competitors finished the race and more than 250 different cyclists have worn the yellow jersey.
- Which city, second after Paris, most often hosted the Tour? It’s Bordeaux: 80 times.
- Which Tour was the longest? The 1926 Tour totaling 5,745 km.