After Paris, which city has hosted the Tour the highest number of times? The answer is Bordeaux. Who won the largest number of stage victories? The answer is Eddy Merckx. Which was the longest Tour? The 1926 Tour with 5,745 km. The number of questions is endless... all the answers are in the following pages.
Here are a few figures, technical details and stats. The 93 editions of the Tour de France raced between 1903 and 2006 represent over 350,000 km, i.e. the distance between the Earth and the Moon. All the Departments of Metropolitan France have been visited as well as all the bordering countries.
Over 500 towns and villages have hosted the Tour (about 2,000 stages and prologues). More than 10,000 riders have taken their chance on the Tour and over 6,000 have completed the race. Finally, some 250 different riders have worn the Yellow Jersey.
Raymond Poulidor may not have won the Yellow Jersey, but he is the rider who stepped the highest number of times on the podium of the Tour (he finished 8 times in the Top 3!), more than Hinault, Zoetemelk, Ullrich and Armstrong (7), Garrigou, Anquetil and Merckx (6), LeMond and Indurain (5), Van Impe and L. Bobet (4).
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