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Who will win the Tour de France?

Tour de France favourites – race days/wins

Chris Froome – 27/5

Fabio Aru – 31/1

Nairo Quintana – 32/5

Alberto Contador – 33/4

Tejay van Garderen – 35/2

Richie Porte – 40/1

Thibaut Pinot – 41/6

Romain Bardet – 43/0

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 – 687 – 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

– 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 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 has the most individual time trial wins: 20

– The 1927 edition stands out for having 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 hold 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, 23 nations gave a leader of the general classification

– André Darrigade holds the record for the most consecutive editions in which he scored at least a stage victory

– 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 one 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 jersey number in the history is 1 (worn by 24 champions)

– 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 (151), 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 teams points competition too, with the riders of the leading team wearing green caps to show they headed the classification

– The most successful bib in the history of the race is 1, with 24 victories scored by the riders who wore it

– 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 (81 times)

– Since 1975, the race concludes on Champs-Élysées

– The 102 editions which took place so far have covered a total of 430 000 kilometers

2016 stats

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

– Five of these haven’t scored a World Tour win in 2015: AG2R, Bora-Argon 18, Cannondale, Direct Energie and Fortuneo-Vital Concept

– This 103rd running of the race has 3358,3 kilometers, two individual time trials (making up for a total of 54 kilometers) and four summit finishes (Andorre Arcalis, Finhaut-Emosson, Mont Ventoux and Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc)

– The course has nearly 37 000 vertical meters

– For the first time in history, Mont-Saint-Michel will host the Grand Depart

– Port d’Envalira is the highest point of this year’s race – 2408 meters

– The peloton will go to three neighboring countries: Andorra, Spain and Switzerland

– In France, the race will visit 35 departments

– Three former winners are at the start: Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Vincenzo Nibali

– The cyclists who’ll line up for the event have won a combined total of 16 Grand Tours, 24 Monuments, 10 world titles and more than 260 Grand Tour stages

– Youngest rider in the race is Sondre Holst Enger (22 years and 219 days), while the oldest one is Matteo Tosatto (42 years and 313 days)

– When it comes to teams, Lampre-Merida is the youngest one (27.3 years), with Lotto-Soudal being the oldest (32.7 years)

– Based on the age of the riders, this is the second oldest peloton in the event’s history (oldest one was in 2012)

– The Tour de France will be the first Grand Tour to have Fabio Aru, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde at the start

– 35 countries will have at least one rider in the race, with the home nation topping the list (38)

– There will be 17 national champions at the start, Tinkoff being the team which is lining-up the most, 3

– BMC and Tinkoff are the outfits with the most nationalities represented in their squad, 8

– Matteo Tosatto is the rider with the most Grand Tour starts under his belt, 34 (including this one)

– Adam Hansen is participating in his 15th consecutive Grand Tour, this extending his record

– Tsgabu Grmay will write history by becoming the first rider from Ethiopia to participate in the Tour de France

– 33 cyclists will make their debut in the Grande Boucle this year, LottoNL-Jumbo leading the charge, with 5

– Oldest rookie is Domenico Pozzovivo – 33 years and 236 days

– No neo-pro will race the 103rd edition

– Sylvain Chavanel is the active rider with the most starts – 16 (including this one)

– The only distinctive jersey which is certain to be won by a new face is the white one

– During the three weeks, the publicity caravan will hand out 14 000 000 objects to the spectators

– The overall winner will receive 500 000 euros

– The Tour de France will visit 16 new cities: Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Saint-Lô, Arpajon-sur-Cère, L’Isle-Jourdain, Lac de Payolle, Vielha Val d’Aran, Escaldes-Engordany, Bourg-Saint-Andéol, La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc, Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, Culoz, Moirans-en-Montagne, Berne, Finhaut-Emosson, Megève and Chantilly


The 2016 National Champions

Country Individual time trial Road race
Albania Eugert Zhupa Eugert Zhupa
Argentina Laureano Rosas Mauro Richeze
Australia Rohan Dennis Jack Bobridge
Austria Matthias Brändle Matthias Brändle
Azerbaidjan Elcin Asadov Maksym Averin
Belarus Kanstantin Siutsou Kanstantin Siutsou
Belgium Victor Campanaerts Philippe Gilbert
Canada Ryan Roth Bruno Langlois
Croatia Matija Kvasina Radoslav Rogina
Colombia Walter Vargas Edwin Avila
Czech Republic Leopold König Roman Kreuziger
Denmark Martin Madsen Alexander Kamp
Eritrea Daniel Teklehaimanot Daniel Teklehaimanot
Estonia Gert Jõeäär Mihkel Räim
France Thibaut Pinot Arthur Vichot
Germany Tony Martin André Greipel
Greece Ioannis Tamouridis Ioannis Tamouridis
Ireland Nicolas Roche Nicolas Roche
Italy Manuel Quinziato Giacomo Nizzolo
Kazahstan Dmitriy Gruzdev Arman Kamyshev
Latvia Gatis Smukulis Gatis Smukulis
Lithuania Ignatas Konovalovas Ramunas Navardauskas
Luxembourg Bob Jungels Bob Jungels
Netherlands Tom Dumoulin Dylan Groenewegen
New Zeeland Patrick Bevin Jason Christie
Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen Edvald Boasson Hagen
Poland Maciej Bodnar Rafal Majka
Portugal Nelson Oliveira José Mendes
Romania Serghei Tvetcov Marius Petrache
Russia Sergei Chernetckii Pavel Kochetkov
Rwanda Bonaventure Uwizeyimana Adrien Niyonshuti
Slovakia Marec Canecky Juraj Sagan
Slovenia Primoz Roglic Jan Tratnik
South Africa Daryl Impey Jaco Venter
Spain Ion Izagirre Jose Joaquin Rojas
Sweden Alexander Wetterhall Richard Larsen
Switzerland Fabian Cancellara Jonathan Fumeaux
Ukraine Andriy Vasylyuk Oleksandr Polivoda
United Kingdom Alex Dowsett Adam Blythe
U.S.A. Taylor Phinney Greg Daniel


2016 Tour de France Startlist

AG2R: Jan Bakelants, Romain Bardet, Mickaël Chérel, Samuel Dumoulin, Ben Gastauer, Cyril Gautier, Alexis Gougeard, Domenico Pozzovivo, Alexis Vuillermoz.

Astana: Fabio Aru, Jakob Fuglsang, Andriy Grivko, Tanel Kangert, Alexey Lutsenko, Vincenzo Nibali, Diego Rosa, Luis Leon Sanchez, Paolo Tiralongo.

Bora-Argon 18: Shane Archbold, Jan Barta, Cesare Benedetti, Sam Bennett, Emanuel Buchmann, Bartosz Huzarski, Patrick Konrad, Andreas Schillinger, Paul Voss.

BMC: Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis, Amaël Moinard, Richie Porte, Michael Schär, Greg Van Avermaet, Tejay van Garderen.

Cannondale: Matti Breschel, Lawson Craddock, Alex Howes, Kristijan Koren, Sebastian Langeveld, Ramunas Navardauskas, Pierre Rolland, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Dylan van Baarle.

Cofidis: Borut Bozic, Jérôme Cousin, Nicolas Edet, Christophe Laporte, Cyril Lemoine, Arnold Jeannesson, Luis Angel Maté, Daniel Navarro, Geoffrey Soupe.

Dimension Data: Natnael Berhane, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish, Stephen Cummings, Bernhard Eisel, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Serge Pauwels, Mark Renshaw, Daniel Teklehaimanot.

Direct Energie: Sylvain Chavanel, Bryan Coquard, Antoine Duchesne, Yohann Gene, Fabrice Jeandesboz, Adrien Petit, Romain Sicard, Angelo Tulik, Thomas Voeckler.

Etixx-QuickStep: Julian Alaphilippe, Iljo Keisse, Marcel Kittel, Daniel Martin, Tony Martin, Maximiliano Richeze, Fabio Sabatini, Petr Vakoč, Julien Vermote.

FDJ: William Bonnet, Matthieu Ladagnous, Steve Morabito, Cedric Pineau, Thibaut Pinot, Sébastien Reichenbach, Anthony Roux, Jéremy Roy, Arthur Vichot.

Fortuneo-Vital Concept: Vegard Breen, Anthony Delaplace, Brice Feillu, Armindo Fonseca, Daniel McLay, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Eduardo Sepulveda, Chris Anker Sørensen, Florian Vachon.

Giant-Alpecin: Warren Barguil, Roy Curvers, John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Geschke, Georg Preidler, Laurens ten Dam, Albert Timmer, Ramon Sinkeldam.

IAM Cycling: Jérôme Coppel, Stef Clement, Mathias Frank, Martin Elmiger, Sondre Holst Enger, Reto Hollenstein, Leigh Howard, Oliver Naesen, Jarlinson Pantano.

Katusha: Jacopo Guarnieri, Marco Haller, Alexander Kristoff, Alberto Losada, Michael Mørkøv, Joaquim Rodriguez, Jurgen Van den Broeck, Angel Vicioso, Ilnur Zakarin.

Lampre-Merida: Yukiya Arashiro, Matteo Bono, Davide Cimolai, Rui Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Tsgabu Grmay, Louis Meintjes, Luka Pibernik, Jan Polanc.

LottoNL-Jumbo: George Bennett, Dylan Groenewegen, Wilco Kelderman, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Paul Martens, Timo Roosen, Sep Vanmarcke, Robert Wagner, Maarten Wynants.

Lotto-Soudal: Lars Bak, Thomas De Gendt, Jens Debusschere, Tony Gallopin, André Greipel, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Jürgen Roelandts et Marcel Sieberg.

Movistar: Winner Anacona, Imanol Erviti, Jesus Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Daniel Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde.

Orica-BikeExchange: Michael Albasini, Luke Durbridge, Simon Gerrans, Mathew Hayman, Daryl Impey, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Michael Matthews, Ruben Plaza, Adam Yates.

Sky: Chris Froome, Sergio Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Landa, Mikel Nieve, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas.

Tinkoff: Maciej Bodnar, Alberto Contador, Oscar Gatto, Robert Kiserlovski, Roman Kreuziger, Rafal Majka, Peter Sagan, Matteo Tosatto, Michael Valgren.

Trek-Segafredo: Fabian Cancellara, Markel Irizar, Bauke Mollema, Gregory Rast, Frank Schleck, Peter Stetina, Jasper Stuyven, Edwald Theuns, Haimar Zubeldia.

Tour de Suisse Stats

Historical stats

– Italy’s Pasquale Fornara has the most GC wins – 4 – scored between 1952 and 1958

– Fornara is also the rider with the most days in the leader’s jersey – 18

– The nation standings is led by Switzerland, which has 23 wins so far

– Only four cyclists from outside of Europe have won the race: Phil Anderson (Australia), Andy Hampsten (U.S.A.), Levi Leipheimer (U.S.A.) and Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazahstan)

– Pasquale Fornara has the most days in the leader’s jersey: 17

– In 1987, seven cyclists succeeded one another at the top of the general classification

– Of the cyclists who have never won the race, Wladimir Belli has the most podiums: 3

– Last rider to triumph here while wearing the rainbow jersey was Rui Costa in 2014

– Same Rui Costa is the only cyclist to have won the event three consecutive times

– With 11 stage victories, Hugo Kobler, Ferdi Kübler and Peter Sagan are the most successful rider in the history of the race

– Ferdi Kübler won the mountains classification four times, a record for the event; in the points standings, Peter Sagan holds the record, with five jerseys

– Zurich is the city that has hosted the most starts (34) and finishes (45) throughout the years

– Italy and Switzerland are the only countries to place three riders on the podium at one edition

– 16 different countries had at least one winner of the GC

– Belgium’s Daniel Willems holds the record for the most stages won at a single edition: six, in 1980

– The first individual time trial took place in 1947 (60,6 kilometers) and was won by Fausto Coppi

– Gotthard is the climb that featured the most times – 37 – while Nufenen is the highest ever point of the race, 2478 meters

– Roman Kreuziger is the youngest stage winner (22 years in 2008); Levi Leipheimer is the oldest one (37 years in 2011)

– Albert Zweifel is the cyclist with the most participations: 16

– In 1941, Josef Wagner and Werner Buchwalder finished with the same overall time, with Wagner being the winner after a two-man sprint on the Oerlikon Velodrome

– Biggest winning margin between first and second was recorded in 1947, when 21:16 have separated Gino Bartali and Giulio Bresci

– The longest ever edition took place in 1991 – 1921 kilometers; shortest one had 606 kilometers, in 1941

– 2001 saw the highest average speed – 41,781 km/h; lowest average speed was 30,9 km/h in 1935

2016 stats

– 22 teams (18 World Tour, 4 Pro Continental) will race the 80th running of the event

– Of these, only Team Roth hasn’t scored a victory in 2016

– The course includes 22,3 kilometers of ITT and three summit finishes: Cari, Amden and Sölden

– Four former winners will be at the start: Fabian Cancellara, Rui Costa, Frank Schleck and Simon Spilak

– The cyclists in the 2016 race have won a combined total of 15 Monuments, 7 world titles and nearly 70 Grand Tour stages

– For Martin Elmiger, this will be the 15th participation in the Tour de Suisse, a record among active riders

– Youngest cyclist in this years’ race is Sam Oomen, 20 years; oldest one is France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud, 39 years

– 33 countries will have at least one cyclist in the race, with Netherlands topping the list (20)


Critérium du Dauphiné Stats

Dauphine 2016

Historical stats

– Bernard Hinault, Nello Lauredi, Charly Mottet and Luis Ocaña share the record for the most wins, 3

– Raymond Poulidor and Bernard Thevenet have the most podiums: 6

– When it comes to number of editions completed, Poulidor and Joop Zoemetelk lead, with 14 each

– France leads in an all-time nation standings, with 30 victories

– Australia (Phil Anderson), Colombia (Martin Ramirez, Luis Herrera), Kazahstan (Alexander Vinokourov) and U.S.A. (Tyler Hamilton, Greg LeMond, Andrew Talansky) are the countries from outside of Europe that have won the race

– 13 countries have had a champion in the Dauphiné; surprinsingly, Italy isn’t one of them

– Thierry Claveyrolat holds the record for the most points jersey (3) and mountains jersey (5)

– When it comes to stage wins, Bernard Hinault has the most victories – 10 – as well as the most days in the yellow jersey, 19

– The longest edition had 1935 kilometers and took place in 1956, when Belgium’s Alex Close finished first

– Grenoble is the city which featured the most times in the race

–Jacques Anquetil, Louison Bobet, Chris Froome, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain, Eddy Merckx, Luis Ocaña, Bernard Thévenet, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome have all won the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France in the same season

– Cadel Evans has the most podiums – 5 – without winning the general classification

– In 2001, Christophe Moreau defeated Pavel Tonkov for just one second, smallest ever gap

– Biggest winning margin was recorded in 1981, when Bernard Hinault put 12:07 to Portugal’s Joaquim Agostinho

– Greg LeMond is the youngest ever winner (21 years in 1983), while Christophe Moreau is the oldest one (36 years in 2007)

– Youngest stage winner is Marcel Verschueren (20 years in 1948); oldest one is Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (38 years in 1993)

2016 stats

– 22 teams (18 World Tour, 4 Pro Continental) will race the 68th running of the event

– The course includes a steep prologue and four summit finishes: Chalmazal-Jeansagnière, Vaujany, Méribel and Superdévoluy

– Only one former winner will be at the start: Chris Froome

– Katusha, Tinkoff and Trek-Segafredo are the teams to line up the most nationalities: 7

– The cyclists in the 2016 race have won a combined total of 10 Grand Tours, 12 Monuments, and more than 100 Grand Tour stages

– Youngest rider in this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné is Laurens De  Plus, 20 years; oldest one is Spain’s Haimar Zubeldia, 39 years

– Zubeldia is also the cyclist with the most starts, 12 (including this one)

– No less than 34 countries will have at least one rider in the race, with France topping the list (33)

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