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Pavel Sivakov: “Going to L’Avenir to fight for victory”

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There’s no secret anymore that Pavel Sivakov is one of the strongest and most impressive riders on the U23 scene, but this doesn’t come as a surprise. All you need is a look over his incredible run this season and you understand why: between May 19 and July 16, he rode three stage races and won them all. When you see that those races were the prestigious Ronde de l’Isard, Girobio and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, you understand that this performance is a unique one in the amateur ranks and Pavel has a bright future ahead of him.

Only 20-years-old, Pavel has rose through the ranks in the past two seasons as a member of the BMC Development Team and is now one of the most sought-after youngsters, with several World Tour squads rumoured to have shown an interest in signing him after his remarkable exploits and versatility caught their eye. Despite this, the Russian’s main focus at the moment is on the Tour de l’Avenir, which last year he finished just outside the top 10 overall. If in 2016 he was only discovering the demanding French race, this time around he lines out at the start as one of the main contenders.

More about his goals for L’Avenir, his take on the parcours and the superb season he’s had so far, you can read in this interview which Pavel Sivakov gave for Cafe Roubaix before heading to France.

 

– Pavel, if anyone would have told you at the beginning of the year you’ll have such a terrific season, what would you have said?

I think I would have just laughed. I knew that I was able to win one of those races, but winning three in row is just something incredible! My ambitions were to take the victory in Liège–Bastogne–Liège and do a good Giro d’Italia. I failed on my first goal, but was able to succeed on achieving the other one. It’s a huge satisfaction to get the victory in a race you were targeting since last winter.

– Ronde de l’Isard, Girobio and Giro della Valle d’Aosta, that’s quite the palmares. Which of these victories makes you the most proud?

Definitely, the U23 Giro, it was an amazing feeling to finish at the top! It was also the hardest one, as the gaps on my rivals were really small and I took the pink jersey pretty early, so that meant extra daily pressure. My teammates worked hard and did a fantastic job from day one, so I just had to win it for them. It’s true that if I wouldn’t have won Ronde de l’Isard, then maybe I wouldn’t have had the same confidence coming to Italy. Same could be said about Giro della Valle d’Aosta; I went there without any pressure and did my race, as I knew I had the level required to do something there.

– Speaking of Girobio, how did you find the race which made its return to the calendar after several years of absence?

In my opinion, it’s one the biggest races of the year and to win it was such an honour. Girobio has a great history, high-caliber riders, a big fight every day and a flawless organization, all these making it one of the best races out there. Coming out on top in the U23 Giro d’Italia is the most important moment of my career and also the best, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team, who were amazing.

– Can there be room for regrets after such an incredible run?

No, I don’t have any regrets, all the mistakes I made in the first part of the season served as a good lesson for the rest of the year; it’s going really well at the moment and I’ll work to keep it that way.

– Your primary goal for the second part of the season is the Tour de l’Avenir. I assume you’re going there thinking of the win.

Tour de l’Avenir will be my last big goal of the season, so yes, I’m heading to the race to fight for the overall victory. I’m aware that I will be one of the favorites there and I will do my best to assume this status.

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– What’s your opinion on the parcours? Do you feel you’re disadvantaged by the lack of an ITT?

The parcours is really interesting, we start in Bretagne and finish in the Alps by crossing France, so it’s like a mini Tour de France. I think it’s a really nice course, only thing missing is an individual time trial, which would have been perfect to take some time on the pure climbers. I guess the first couple of days will be very nervous and maybe even crucial, because we will ride through a part of France exposed to the wind, where some echelons can be made. The winner will have to be focused and at all times attentive. Of course, we’ll be in for some great battles in the Alps, but there’s a long road until there and anything can happen before the big mountains.

– Who do you expect to be your biggest challengers in France?

It’s hard to say, many riders and teams are capable of winning. This year, one of my biggest rivals is Bjorg Lambrecht, I think it’s a really good course for him but also for a guy like Egan Bernal. I would have liked an ITT to gain some time on them. The Australians have a very good team, so they too will be strong. Neilson Powless is another big contender and I guess he too would have like to have a stage against the clock, just like me. Of course, being at home, also the French will be a team to watch.

– And what other objectives you have for the closing part of the season?

I will try to get a good result at the World Championships in Bergen, which will be an interesting race, I’m sure of that. I’m also keen on racing the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia and help my teammates; they did so much for me this year and I just want to pay back the favour.

Vuelta a España Stats

Historical stats

– The race was created in 1935 and saw Belgium’s Gustaaf Deloor take the victory in the inaugural edition

– Roberto Heras has the most overall wins, four (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005)

– Spain leads the nations standings (32), followed by France (9) and Belgium (7)

– Julian Berrendero (1942), Freddy Maertens (1977) and Tony Rominger (1994) have led the race from the first until the last stage

– Eight riders won the general classification without taking a stage along the way: Jean Dotto (1955), Rolf Wolfshohl (1965), Ferdinand Bracke (1971), Jose Pessarodona (1976), Marco Giovannetti (1990), Angel Casero (2001), Alejandro Valverde (2009) and Fabio Aru (2015)

– Agustin Tamames (1970), Domingo Perurena (1975), Hennie Kuiper (1976), Oscar Sevilla (2001) and Roberto Heras (2002) are the cyclists who lost the race in the last day

– Delio Rodriguez holds the record for the most stage wins, 39, which he got between 1941 and 1947

– Switzerland’s Alex Zülle has the most days spent in the leader’s jersey, 48

– Sean Kelly and Laurent Jalabert are the only riders to have won the points classification four times

– Jose Luis Laguia is the cyclist with the most victories in the mountains classification, which he took five times

– Iñigo Cuesta rode in 17 editions, an all-time record of the Vuelta

– Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta and Federico Echave have the most completed editions, 14

– Three riders from outside of Europe have won the trophy: Luis Herrera (Colombia), Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) and Chris Horner (U.S.A.)

– Smallest ever time gap between first and second was recorded in 1984, when Eric Caritoux came home just six seconds ahead of Alberto Fernandez

– 1945 saw the biggest winning margin, with 30 minutes and 8 seconds separating Delio Fernandez and Julian Berrendero

– Spain’s Domingo Perurena is the only rider to lead the GC at six editions

– Freddy Maertens has the most stage wins at a single edition: 13 in 1977

– Lowest average speed was recorded in 1948: 25,72 km/h; highest average speed was in 2003: 42,5 km/h

– Longest drought without a GC win for the hosts was between 1991 and 1998

– The inaugural edition (1935) had the fewest number of stages, 14; the 1947 edition had the most number of stages, 24

– 34 countries gave at least a stage winner, while 22 nations had a cyclist at the top of the overall standings

– The three most visited cities are Madrid (119), Zaragoza (90) and Barcelona (89)

– Last world champion to take the victory in the race was Freddy Maertens, in 1977

– Angelino Soler is the youngest ever winner – 21 years and 166 days – while Chris Horner is the oldest one – 41 years and 327 days

– At first, the leader’s jersey was orange, then white, orange again, white with a red stripe, yellow, back to orange, yellow, gold and red

– There have been 1398 stages so far and 1368 leaders, because in 1948, Bernardo Ruiz and Julian Berrendero finished in a dead heat

– Delio Rodriguez holds the record for the most consecutive stage victories: six, in 1941

– Only two foreign countries have hosted the start of the Vuelta: Portugal (1997) and The Netherlands (2009)

– In 1995, the race saw a change of date, being moved from April to September

– 213 cyclists got to wear the leader’s jersey since the inception of the event

2017 Stats

– 22 teams will ride this year’s edition (18 World Tour and 4 Pro Continental)

– Of these, only Caja Rural and Manzana Postobon are winless in the World Tour this season

– Aqua Blue Sport is set to become the first ever Irish team to race a Grand Tour

– The 72nd running of the race will cover 3297.7 kilometers and take the riders over 50 classified climbs

– Andorra and France are the two foreign countries which will be visited by the peloton

– The Vuelta will have eight new arrival locations: Nîmes, Gruissan. Grand Narbonne, Alcossebre, ElPozo Alimentación, Antequera, Tomares, Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega and Santo Toribio de Liébana

– Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora – which will host the finish of stage 15 – is the highest point of this year’s race – 2510 meters

– Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali are the former winners present at the start of the race

– Chris Froome will try to become the third rider in history, after Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978), to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España double in the same season

– The cyclists who’ll line up at the start have won a combined total of 16 Grand Tours, 6 Monuments and over 100 Grand Tour stages

– Lotto-Soudal’s Adam Hansen is racing his 19th consecutive Grand Tour, after completing the previous 18

– Hernan Aguirre, Hernando Bohorquez, Richard Carapaz, Ivan Cortina, Anass Ait El Abdia, Kilian Frankiny, Lennard Hofstede, Enric Mas, Remy Mertz, Antonio Nibali, Domen Novak, Fernando Orjuela, Juan Felipe Osorio, Rafael Reis, Aldemar Reyes, Nikita Stalnov, Bernardo Suaza and Jimmy Turgis are the 18 neo-pros who will make their debut in a Grand Tour

– Youngest cyclist in the race is Lennard Kämna (20 years), while Svein Tuft is the oldest one (40 years)

– Daniel Moreno is the rider with the most editions started (10) and completed (10)

– Spain is the country with the most competitors (31), followed by France and Italy, with 20 each

 

2017 Vuelta a España Roadbook

2017 Vuelta a Espana Roadbook

2017/2018 Confirmed Transfers

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

In: Luca Chirico, Marco d’Urbano.

Out: Egan Bernal.

AG2R

In: Benoit Cosnefroy, Tony Gallopin, Clément Venturini.

Out: Domenico Pozzovivo.

Aqua Blue Sport

In: Eddie Dunbar.

Astana

In: Magnus Cort, Omar Fraile, Jan Hirt, Davide Villella.

Out: Paolo Tiralongo (retired).

Bahrain-Merida

In: Gorka Izagirre, Kristijan Koren, Matej Mohoric, Hermann Pernsteiner, Domenico Pozzovivo.

Bardiani-CSF

In: Michael Bresciani, Manuel Senni.

Out: Stefano Pirazzi (fired after testing positive), Nicola Ruffoni (fired after testing positive).

BMC

In: Alberto Bettiol, Jurgen Roelandts, Nathan Van Hooydonck.

Out: Amaël Moinard, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato (retired), Manuel Senni.

Bora-Hansgrohe

In: Davide Formolo, Peter Kennaugh, Daniel Oss.

Caja Rural

In: Danilo Celano.

Out: Jaime Roson.

Cannondale

Out: Alberto Bettiol, Davide Formolo, Kristijan Koren, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Davide Villella.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

In: Jonas Koch.

Out: Jan Hirt.

Cofidis

In: Bert Van Lerberghe.

Out: Yoann Bagot, Jerome Cousin, Florian Sénéchal, Jonas Van Genechten, Clément Venturini.

Delko-Marseille Provence KTM

In: Lucas De Rossi, Iuri Filosi, Alexis Guerin, Brenton Jones, Jeremy Laveau, Julien Trarieux.

Out: Romain Lemarchand (retired), Quentin Pacher.

Dimension Data

In: Nicholas Dlamini, Louis Meintjes, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Julien Vermote.

Out: Omar Fraile, Nathan Haas.

Direct Energie

In: Jerome Cousin, Damien Gaudin, Axel Journiaux, Simon Sellier, Rein Taaramäe.

Out: Bryan Coquard, Antoine Duchesne, Fabrice Jeandesboz (retired), Tony Hurel, Julien Morice, Thomas Voeckler (retired).

FDJ

In: Georg Preidler, Ramon Sinkeldam.

Out: Johan Le Bon, Odd Christian Eiking, Marc Fournier, Lorrenzo Manzin, Kevin Reza.

Fortuneo-Oscaro

In: Warren Barguil, Amaël Moinard.

Out: Arnold Jeannesson (retired), Eduardo Sepulveda.

Gazprom-RusVelo

In: Nicolai Cherkasov, Sergey Shilov.

Out: Aydar Zakarin.

Katusha

In: Ian Boswell, Alex Dowsett, Matteo Fabbro, Nathan Haas, Marcel Kittel.

Out: Alexander Kristoff, Michael Mørkøv, Rein Taaramäe, Angel Vicioso (retired).

LottoNL-Jumbo

In: Pascal Eenkhoorn.

Out: Steven Lammertink, Jurgen Van den Broeck (retired).

Lotto-Soudal

In: Jens Keukeleire.

Out: Kris Boeckmans, Tony Gallopin, Jurgen Roelandts, Louis Vervaeke.

Movistar

In: Mikel Landa, Jaime Roson, Eduardo Sepulveda.

Out: Jonathan Castroviejo, Alex Dowsett, Gorka Izagirre, Adriano Malori (retired), Rory Sutherland.

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Out: Iuri Filosi.

Orica-Scott

In: Cameron Meyer, Mikel Nieve, Matteo Trentin.

Out: Magnus Cort, Jens Keukeleire.

Quick-Step Floors

In: Fabio Jakobsen, Michael Mørkøv, Jhonatan Narvaez, Florian Sénéchal, Elia Viviani.

Out: Tom Boonen (retired), David De La Cruz, Dan Martin, Matteo Trentin, Julien Vermote.

Roompot

Out: Martijn Tusveld.

Sky

In: Jonathan Castroviejo, David De La Cruz.

Out: Ian Boswell, Peter Kennaugh, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Elia Viviani.

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

In: Milan Menten.

Out: Bert Van Lerberghe.

Sunweb

In: Edward Theuns, Martijn Tusveld, Louis Vervaeke.

Out: Bert De Backer, Georg Preidler, Ramon Sinkeldam.

Trek-Segafredo

Out: Alberto Contador (retired), Jesus Hernandez (retired), Edward Theuns, Haimar Zubeldia (retired).

UAE Team Emirates

In: Alexander Kristoff, Dan Martin, Rory Sutherland.

Out: Louis Meintjes, Matej Mohoric.

UnitedHealthcare

Out: Greg Henderson (retired), Daniel Summerhill.

Verandas Willems

In: David Tanner.

Vital Concept

In: Yoann Bagot, Kris Boeckmans, Bryan Coquard, Bert De Backer, Corentin Ermenault, Johan Le Bon, Marc Fournier, Steven Lammertink, Jeremy Lecroq, Lorrenzo Manzin, Julien Morice, Justin Mottier, Quentin Pacher, Kevin Reza, Jonas Van Genechten.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

In: Odd Christian Eiking.

Wilier-Selle Italia

In: Luca Raggio.

2017/2018 Transfer Rumours

AG2R

Jean-Pierre Drucker

Astana

Yevgeniy Gidich, Dayer Quintana, Aleksandr Ryabushenko, Rigoberto Uran

Bahrain-Merida

Damiano Caruso, Domenico Pozzovivo, Aleksandr Ryabushenko

BMC

Dries Devenyns, Pavel Sivakov

Caja Rural

Julen Amezqueta

Cannondale-Drapac

Chris Lawless, Neilson Powless, Jan-Willem van Schip

Dimension Data

Anders Skaarseth, Tom-Jelte Slagter

FDJ

Damien Touzé

Fortuneo-Oscaro

Jose Herrada, Samuel Sanchez

Israel Academy

Ben Hermans, August Jensen

Katusha

Sindre Lunke

LottoNL-Jumbo

Kristoffer Halvorsen, Niki Terpstra

Lotto-Soudal

Victor Campanaerts, Caleb Ewan, Bjorg Lambrecht, Jonas Rickaert

Movistar

Egan Bernal, Merhawi Kudus

Orica-Scott

Sindre Lunke

Quick-Step Floors

Jonas Rickaert

Sky

Egan Bernal, Kristoffer Halvorsen, Nairo Quintana, Pavel Sivakov, Tejay van Garderen

Sport Vlaanderen

Steff Cras, Robbe Ghys, Emiel Planckaert, Aaron Werwilst

Sunweb

Steff Cras, Jan-Willem van Schip

Trek-Segafredo

Fabio Aru, Jose Herrada, Jesus Herrada

UAE Team Emirates

Winner Anacona, Fabio Aru, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Alessandro De Marchi, Aleksandr Ryabushenko

2017 Stagiaires

AG2R

Aurélien Doleatto, Kevin Geniets, Clément Russo

Astana

Yevgeniy Gidich, Karl-Patrick Lauk

Bahrain-Merida

Andrea Garosio, Mark Padun, Andrea Toniatti

Bardiani-CSF

Lorenzo Fortunato, Umberto Orsini

BMC

Patrick Müller, Bram Welten

Caja Rural

Oscar Pelegri, Gonzalo Serrano, Manuel Sola

Cannondale-Drapac

Cyrus Monk

Cofidis

Fernando Barcelo, Victor Lafay, Tanguy Turgis

Delko Marseille-Provence KTM

Jonathan Couanon, Benjamin Dyball

Dimension Data

Nicholas Dlamini, Amanuel Ghebreigzhabier

Direct Energie

Mathieu Burgaudeau, Florian Maitre, Clément Orceau

FDJ

Bruno Armirail, Valentin Madouas, Romain Seigle

Fortuneo-Oscaro

Kenny Molly

Gazprom-RusVelo

Nikolay Cherkasov, Evgeny Kobernyak, Stepan Kurianov

Israel Cycling Academy

Itmar Einhorn, Nicolas Sessle

Katusha-Alpecin

Piotr Havik

LottoNL-Jumbo

Adriaan Janssen, Jan-Willem van Schip

Lotto-Soudal

Senne Leysen, Emiel Planckaert, Mathias Van Gompel

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Damiano Cima, Hiroki Nishimura

Quick-Step Floors

Alvaro Hodeg, Przemysław Kasperkiewicz

Sunweb

Max Kanter, Leon Rohde

Trek-Segafredo

Nicola Conci, Matteo Moschetti, Ayden Toovey

UAE Team Emirates

Seid Lizde

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Brecht Dhaene, Thomas Gibbons, Jasper de Laat

Wilier-Selle Italia

Yuri Colonna, Mattia Marcelli, Luca Raggio

WB Veranclassic

Lionel Taminiaux, Julien Mortier

Harm Vanhoucke: Dreaming of Il Lombardia and Grand Tours

He might be hailing from Belgium, the heart of cycling and a country renowned for the plethora of Classics riders it launched onto the big scene, but Harm Vanhoucke’s future lies in the mountains, where he is keen on making a name for himself in the seasons to come. And why not? At just 20 years of age, Harm is already one of the most promising and fascinating young riders on the international scene, with five victories to his name in the U23 ranks, in one-day races and stage races alike.

Flèche Ardennaise, Piccolo Giro di Lombardia, Tour de Savoie or Tour de Alsace, you name it, Harm Vanhoucke has put to display his remarkable climbing skills every time he had the opportunity and caught the eye of the pro teams, with several rumoured to have shown an interest in signing him. If this will happen this summer and he will become a pro next season, only time will tell.

Until then, the talented Belgian is focused on making the most out of the remainder of the season and enhancing his palmares. More about this and his results so far, in the following interview Harm Vanhoucke gave to Cafe Roubaix earlier this month.

– Harm, how did you come to cycling?

It was thanks to my dad. He never pushed me, but he too was a rider in his youth, so I think I got this from him, although at first I played football; but after while I got bored with it and moved to cycling.

– Was there a rider you admired back then?

I’ve always been a big fan of Andy Schleck. The way he raced and attacked in the mountains really made a big impression on me. Unfortunately, he had to quit cycling a few years ago, much earlier than it should have been the case, due to an injury, and that was a pity.

– How were your first years in the sport?

My first season wasn’t so great, in my first races I got dropped almost every time, but I kept believing, training hard and going deeper into the season I became better and better. Halfway through the season, I could be up there until the very end and that felt like a personal victory. Then, in my second year, which was also my first season in the junior ranks, I managed to get a win and on the climbs I noticed I could stay with the best guys. From that point on, things only got better and better. At that moment, I began thinking and hoping one day I will become a pro rider.

– Your first big win came last year, when you won the stage to Les Déserts at the Tour de Pays de Savoie. How was that day?

It was very difficult, as we rode at an incredible high pace the entire time. At the end, I think I was the freshest guy of the field and could ride away from everyone else to my first win. It was also my birthday, so I got a very nice birthday gift, one which I will never forget.

– Then, in your final race of the season, you rode to a solo victory in the Piccolo Giro di Lombardia.

After the Tour de l’Avenir, I talked with my trainer and told him that I want to arrive in good shape at the start of Lombardia. I trained hard prior to the event, so I hit top condition for the race, and to emerge victorious was just amazing. Everything was made even more special by the fact I was the first Belgian to win it and I’m really proud of this achievement.

– This year, another spectacular series of victories and strong results followed.

Indeed. I took the win in Flèche Ardennaise, which was my first victory of the year; it made me happy to come on top of another very big one-day race. Then, the Vuelta a Navarra followed, and it was another important milestone, as it was my maiden GC success. The team did a great job there and I’m very thankful to the boys for their help!

– And then came Tour de Savoie.

Which is a big and beautiful race. I was in really good shape and the result in the GC and in the uphill time trial left me satisfied, but on the other hand I didn’t get a win like last year, and that was a disappointment. I came close to victory twice, once in the TT, where only Bernal was faster, and then on the final day, to Moûtiers, where I was alone with 300 meters to go, when Perichon came past me like a rocket. Once again, I celebrated my birthday in the race, and although Savoie scheduled two hard stages on that day, the birthday wishes I got from everybody made my day a lot better.

– What are your goals for the second part of the year?

I will now race Giro della Valle d’Aosta, where I would like to win a stage, but my big objectives are the Tour de l’Avenir and Lombardia, which I’d love to win for the second time.

– I know it’s still a long way to go, but what races would you like to win as a pro?

Not only that I first have to make this step, but I also have a to improve a lot, in the time trial and even on the climbs. But if I were to name a few, then Il Lombardia, stages in the Critérium du Dauphiné and in the Grand Tours are on my bucket list. Would be great to say one day that I’ve won Il Lombardia both as an U23 and pro rider.

Tour de France Stats

Historical stats

– The Tour de France was created in 1903 and the inaugural edition was won by Maurice Garin

– Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx share the record for the most overall wins, five

– The nation standings is led by France (36), followed by Belgium (18) and Spain (12)

– As expected, France has the most stage wins – 688 – and the most yellow jerseys, 736

– Peugeot is the team with the most victories in the overall classification, 9

– 60 cyclists have won the Tour de France at least once

– Eddy Merckx holds the record for the most days spent in the yellow jersey (96), most yellow jerseys (111), as well as the one for the most stage victories (34)

– The Belgian also has the most stage wins in the yellow jersey at one edition: 7 in 1970

– Charles Pélissier, Freddy Maertens and Eddy Merckx share the record for the most stage wins at a single edition: 8

– André Darrigade is the rider with the most consecutive editions with at least one stage victory: 10

– Ti-Raleigh has the most victories in a team time trial: 6

– Fabian Cancellara is the cyclist with the most yellow jerseys ever for someone who has not won the Tour: 29

– Richard Virenque has conquered the most polka dot jerseys: 7

– In the points classification, Germany’s Erik Zabel leads, with six victories

– Andy Schleck and Jan Ullrich are the only riders who have won the white jersey three times

– Eddy Merckx was awarded the super combativity award on four occasions, an all-time record

– Raymond Poulidor has the most overall podiums: 8

– François Faber is the only cyclist who took five stages in a row (1909)

– Bernard Hinault holds the record for the most individual time trial wins: 20

– The 1927 edition stands out for scheduling no less than 16 team time trials

– 2015 is the year with the fewest kilometers of ITT: 13,8

– George Hincapie, Stuart O’Grady and Jens Voigt share the record for the most starts: 17

– Joop Zoetemelk is the rider with the most completed editions (16) and the most second places (6)

– Youngest ever winner of the Grande Boucle is Henri Cornet (19 years and 355 days in 1904), while the oldest one is Firmin Lambot (36 years and 131 days in 1922)

– Italy’s Fabio Battestini is the youngest ever stage winner (19 years and 133 days in 1931); Pino Cerami is the oldest one (41 years and 95 days in 1963)

– Only two cyclists from outside of Europe have won the trophy: Cadel Evans (Australia) and Greg LeMond (U.S.A.)

– Gino Bartali holds the record for the longest time span between the first and the last GC victory: 10 years

– 15 riders were forced to retire while leading the general classification

– 1958 and 1987 are the years of the editions which witnessed the most riders to wear the yellow jersey: 8

– Lucien Aimar, Firmon Lambot, Greg LeMond, Gastone Nencini, Oscar Pereiro and Roger Walkowiak have all won the overall standings without nabbing a stage victory

– Albert Bourlon went down into the history books as the rider with the longest winning solo escape, 253 kilometers in 1947

– Up until this point, 24 nations gave a leader of the general classification

– Australia, Canada, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S.A. are the five countries from outside Europe who had a cyclist in the yellow jersey

– Bernard Hinault is the only rider who wore the yellow jersey at eight editions

– Laurent Fignon, Vincenzo Nibali and Joop Zoetemelk are the three cyclists who got to win on three summit finishes at a single edition

– Smallest winning margin was recorded in 1989, when Greg LeMond defeated Laurent Fignon for just 8 seconds

– In 1903, Maurice Garin put two hours, 59 minutes and 21 seconds between him and the second places cyclist, Lucien Pothier, which stands as the biggest ever winning gap

– 11 cyclists have won the Tour de France at their debut in the race, while four riders took the GC at their last presence here

– Ottavio Bottecchia, Maurice Garin, Nicolas Frantz, Romain Maes and Philippe Thys have lead the event from the first until the last stage

– Pierre Brambilla, Laurent Fignon and Hermann Van  Springel have lost the lead in the last day

– Jan Janssen, Greg LeMond and Jean Robic are the three cyclists who took the final win in the last day of the race

– Louison Bobet, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond have all won the race while wearing the rainbow jersey

– Andy and Frank Schleck are the only brothers to have finished the Tour de France on the podium

– The most successful bib in the history of the race is 1, with 25 victories scored by the riders who wore it

– The highest jersey number worn by a Tour de France winner was 171 (Pedro Delgado in 1988)

– The second running (1904) saw the shortest edition (2420 kilometers); the longest one took place in 1926 (5745 kilometers)

– The longest stage in line ever witnessed had 482 kilometers; the shortest one had 19,6 kilometers

– Lowest average speed of an edition was in 1924 – 23,972 km/h; highest average speed was recorded in 2006: 40,789 km/h

– Throughout history, only three stages were neutralised, in 1978, 1995 and 1998

– Alpe d’Huez was the host of the first ever summit finish, in 1952, when Fausto Coppi took the victory

– First visit of the peloton outside the borders of France was in 1907, to Metz, who was a German posession at that time

– Paris is the most visited city (152), followed by Bordeaux (134) and Pau (119)

– Most visited venue outside France is Liège (22)

– 1992 was the year in which the race went to the most foreign countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Spain

– The yellow yersey was introduced in 1919, the polka dot one in 1933, the green jersey in 1953 and the white one in 1979

– During the 1970s, there was a team points competition too, with the riders of the leading team wearing green caps to show that they headed the classification

– First passage of the Pyrenees was in 1910, with the Alps making their debut one year later

– Col du Galibier is the highest ever summit finish – 2645 meters, while Col du Tourmalet is the most visited climb (80 times)

– Since 1975, the race concludes on Champs-Élysées

– The 103 editions which took place so far have covered a total of 433 500 kilometers

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– 22 teams will race this edition (18 World Tour, 4 Pro Continental)

– Three of these haven’t scored a World Tour win in 2017: Direct Energie and Fortuneo-Vital Concept and Wanty-Groupe Gobert

– This 104th running of the race has 3540 kilometers, two individual time trials (making up for a total of 37 kilometers) and three summit finishes (La Planche des Belles Filles, Peyragudes, Izoard)

– During these three weeks, the peloton will tackle all five mountain regions of France: Vosges, Jura, Pyrenees, Massif Central and Alps

– Bonus seconds will be up for grabs for the top three: 10, 6 and 4

– For the first time in history, Düsseldorf will host the Grand Depart

– Col du Galibier is the highest point of this year’s race – 2642 meters

– The peloton will go through three neighboring countries: Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg

– The race will visit 34 French departments

– Two former winners are at the start: Alberto Contador and Chris Froome

– The cyclists who’ll line up for the event have won a combined total of 14 Grand Tours, 20 Monuments, 10 world titles and more than 250 Grand Tour stages

– Youngest rider in the race is Elie Gesbert (22 years), while the oldest one is Haimar Zubeldia (40 years)

– When it comes to teams, Cannondale-Drapac is the youngest one (27.6 years) and Dimension Data is the oldest (32.1 years)

– 49 riders will make their maiden outing at the Grande Boucle

– All of Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s riders are Tour de France debutants, making the Belgian outfit the seventh squad in the past 39 years to field a team comprising rookies

– 32 countries will have at least one rider in the race, with the home nation topping the list (39)

– 18 national champions will line up for July’s race

– Bahrain-Merida, Katusha-Alpecin and Orica-Scott are the outfits with the most nationalities represented in the squad, 7

– Haimar Zubeldia is the rider with the most Grand Tour starts under his belt, 29 (this one included)

– Adam Hansen is participating in his 18th consecutive Grand Tour, this extending his record

– For the first time in 28 years, there won’t be any Russian riders competing in the Grande Boucle

– Oldest Grand Tour rookie is Pieter Vanspeybrouck (30 years)

– Elie Gesbert is the sole neo-pro to race the 104th edition

– Sylvain Chavanel is the active rider with the most starts – 17 (including this one)

– During the three weeks, the publicity caravan – which turns 87 years – will hand out 18 million objects to the spectators

– 10 to 12 million spectators are expected on the road side

– The overall winner will receive 500 000 euros

– The Tour de France will visit 10 new cities: Düsseldorf, Mondorf-les-Bains, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Nantua, Eymet, Laissac-Sévérac l’Église, Romans-sur-Isère, La Mure, Izoard and Salon-de-Provence

The 2017 National Champions

Country Individual time trial Road race
Argentina Mauricio Muller Gonzalo Najar
Australia Rohan Dennis Miles Scotson
Austria Georg Preidler Gregor Mühlberger
Azerbaidjan Elchin Asadov Kirill Pozdnyakov
Belarus Stanislau Bazhkou Kanstantin Siutsou
Belgium Yves Lampaert Oliver Naesen
Canada Svein Tuft Matteo Dal-Cin
Croatia Matija Kvasina Josip Rumac
Colombia Jarlinson Pantano Sergio Henao
Czech Republic Jan Barta Zdenek Stybar
Denmark Martin Madsen Mads Pedersen
Eritrea Mekseb Debesay Meron Abraham
Estonia Silver Mäoma Gert Jöeäär
Ethiopia Tsgabu Grmay Hailemelekot Hailu
Finland Sasu Halme Matti Manninen
France Pierre Latour Arnaud Démare
Germany Tony Martin Marcus Burghardt
Ireland Ryan Mullen Ryan Mullen
Italy Gianni Moscon Fabio Aru
Kazahstan Zhandos Bizhigitov Artyom Zakharov
Latvia Aleksejs Saramotins Krists Neilands
Lithuania Ignatas Konovalovas Ignatas Konovalovas
Luxembourg Jean-Pierre Drucker Bob Jungels
Namibia Till Drobisch Till Drobisch
Netherlands Tom Dumoulin Ramon Sinkeldam
New Zeeland Jack Bauer Joseph Cooper
Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen Rasmus Tiller
Poland Michal Kwiatkowski Adrian Kurek
Portugal Domingos Gonçalves Ruben Guerreiro
Romania Eduard Grosu Marius Petrache
Russia Ilnur Zakarin Alexander Porsev
Rwanda Adrien Niyonshuti Gasore Hategeka
Slovakia Marec Canecky Juraj Sagan
Slovenia Jan Polanc Luka Mezgec
South Africa Daryl Impey Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Spain Jonathan Castroviejo Jesus Herrada
Sweden Tobias Ludvigsson Kim Magnusson
Switzerland Stefan Küng Silvan Dillier
Ukraine Oleksandr Polivoda Vitaliy Buts
United Arab Emirates Yousef Mohamed Mirza Yousef Mohamed Mirza
United Kingdom Steven Cummings Steven Cummings
U.S.A. Joey Rosskopf Lawrence Warbasse

 

2017 Tour de France Roadbook

2017 Tour de France Roadbook

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