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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 Froom
  • 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.