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Le Tour de France 2016 – Les Chiffres (the Numbers)

Mont-Saint-MichelI know, I said I’d penned my last Tour piece for the year but I was in the area, there was a parking space and I thought; ‘I’ll have a quick look’ – and to my joy there it was, Monday’s L’Équipe in pride of place outside the International Newsagents.

A sad 40 minutes in the City Cafe ensued as I distilled les chiffres (that’s numbers) you need to make you the font of all knowledge on the club run.

  • 3   The number of Tour de France wins for Christopher Froome, joins Philippe Thijs, Louison Bobet and Greg Lemond all on three wins.
  • 4   of the last five Tours won by GB riders, Wiggo + Froome.

Chris Froome on the top step. Photo©ASO/A.Broadway

  • 4   The number of new faces in the top 10: Yates, Porte, Meintjes and Martin.
  • 5   Record number of Tour wins: Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain.

Great riders all. Photo©ASO/B.Bade

  • 5   Number of times Sagan has won the green jersey.

Sam Bennet rode the entire race with an injured hand. Photo©ASO/P.Ballet

  • 5   Hours 17  minutes  14  seconds: lanterne rouge Sam Bennett’s deficit on Froome
  • 6   The record number of green jerseys – Erik Zabel.
  • 6   Number of ‘new’ stage winners, this year – Tom Dumoulin, Michael Matthews, Jarlinson Pantano, Thomas De Gendt, Ilnur Zakarin and Jon Izagirre.
  • 7   Hours  18  minutes  12  seconds:  Last placed team Dimension Data’s deficit on team winners Movistar (but they did have 5 stage wins!)
  • 8   Most stages won in a single Tour:  Charles Pélissier 1930, Eddy Merckx 1970 and 1974, Freddy Maertens 1976.
  • 8   Seconds, the smallest winning margin, Greg Lemond over Laurent Fignon, 1989.

Team Sky. Photo©ASO/G.Demouveaux

  • 8   Minutes  14  seconds:  Team Sky’s deficit in second place in the team competition on winners Movistar.
  • 11   Number of consecutive Grand Tours which Andrei Greipel has won a stage in and also his number of Tour stage wins.
  • 24   The number of abandons.

Nairo Quintana. Photo©ASO/P.Ballet

  • 26   Nairo Quintana’s age in years (it was a tough paper round).
  • 30   Years since a French win – Bernard Hinault, 1986.
  • 39.59   Average speed of 2016 Tour de France in kph.

Peter Sagan. Photo©ASO/A.Broadway

  • 52   Number of top 10 finishes Peter Sagan has achieved in Tour stages during his career
  • 57.7   kph, the fastest ever team time trial; Orica GreenEDGE in 2013.
  • 79   Majka’s margin in points over second placed De Gendt in the King of the Mountains competition.
  • 87.8   In percentage points, the number of finishers.
  • 89   Hours  4  minutes  48  seconds: Froome’s winning time.
  • 470   Sagan’s points total – second placed Kittel was on 228.

Rafa Majka. Photo©ASO/P.Ballet

  • 637   Number of kilometres Majka spent ‘up the road’ as le Tour’s number one ‘baroudeur.’
  • 3592   Distance in kilometres of the 2016 Tour de France.
  • 20,000   Euros to Sagan as ‘Super Combatif’ and Yates as ‘Jeune.’
  • 25,000   Euros to Sagan as green jersey winner and Majka as Montagne winner.

Movistar took top team. Photo©ASO/P.Ballet

  • 50,000   Euros to Movistar as team winners.

Romain Bardet. Photo©ASO/A.Broadway

  • 200,000   Euros to Bardet as second placed rider on GC.
  • 500,000   Euros to Froome as winner.

And we now promise – NO MORE TOUR!

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