Giro review: The Giro in numbers

Key race facts

156 – Number of finishers, out of 198 starters.

88:14:32 – Total race time for overall winner Nairo Quintana.

8 – Nationalities represented in the top ten on GC (two Colombians, two Italians).

30 – Nationalities represented in the race – Italy had 59 riders,

10 – Teams represented in the final top ten.

5 – Five riders wore the leader’s pink jersey – the maglia rosa – during the race: Svein Tuft, Michael Matthews, Cadel Evans, Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana.

Tuft celebrates his 37th birthday with champagne and a pink jersey  (Image: Giro d'Italia)

Tuft celebrates his 37th birthday with champagne and a pink jersey (Image: Giro d’Italia)

0 – Number of days on which the race was led by a rider from a European country.

3 – Continents represented by pink jersey wearers during the race: North America (Tuft), Australia (Matthews, Evans) and South America (Uran, Quintana).

3 – Three riders led the red jersey (maglia rossa) points competition during the race: winner Nacer Bouhanni (on two separate occasions), Marcel Kittel and Elia Viviani.

Three stage wins for Nacer Bouhanni (Image: Giro d'Italia)

Three stage wins for Nacer Bouhanni (Image: Giro d’Italia)

3 – Number of riders who led the blue jersey (maglia azzurra) King of the Mountains competition: Maarten Tjallingii, Michael Matthews and Julian Arredondo.

4 – Overall winner Nairo Quintana was one of four riders who led the white jersey young riders’ classification, along with Luke Durbridge, Michael Matthews and Rafal Majka.

3 – Quintana and Uran finished one-two. They are only the second and third Colombian riders ever to finish on the podium at the Giro. The first was Uran, who finished second last year.

5 – Only five other riders finished within ten minutes of Quintana’s winning time. Just 22 finished less than an hour in arrears.

5:15:19 – Belkin’s Jetse Bol was the last classified finisher, 5¼ hours slower than Quintana.

The champion

24 – Age of Nairo Quintana.

Giro 2014 stage 21 Nairo Quintana trophy Giro

To the victor, the spoils (Image: Giro d’Italia)

1 – This was Quintana’s first grand tour victory, in his first participation at the Giro

8 – He is the eighth different winner of the Giro in the last eight editions.

2:58 – Quintana’s winning margin over runner-up Rigoberto Uran.

6:27 – Time gained from Uran following the stage 12 individual time trial, after which Quintana trailed by 3:29.

2 – Stages won by Quintana during the race (16 and 19).

6 – Days in the maglia rosa for Quintana – consecutively from stage 16 onwards.

The stage winners

14 – Number of individual stage winners (excluding the team time trial).

2 – Two of the first three stages were won by birthday boys. Svein Tuft was first over the line for Orica-GreenEDGE as they won the team time trial on his 37th birthday, while Marcel Kittel won stage three on his 26th birthday.

Kittel (left, in red) provides his own birthday present by winning stage 3 (Image: Giro d'Italia)

Kittel (left, in red) provides his own birthday present by winning stage 3 (Image: Giro d’Italia)

5 – Number of riders with multiple stage victories: Nacer Bouhanni (three), Marcel Kittel, Diego Ulissi, Nairo Quintana and Michael Rogers (two each).

– Different nationalities who won stages: Italy led the way with six, followed by Colombia (four), France and Australia (three each), Germany (two) and Slovenia and the Netherlands (one each).

10 – Only ten of the 22 teams won stages during the race. Orica-GreenEDGE, Bardiani-CSF, Giant-Shimano and FDJ led the way with three apiece.

And a few other random stats …

8Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) has started the last eight grand tours, dating back to the 2011 Vuelta – and finished them all.

25 (almost) – Sky’s Philip Deignan finished third on stage 18 on May 29th, one day short of the 25th anniversary of the last Irishman to finish a Giro stage in the top three (Stephen Roche on May 30th 1989).

6Michael Matthews spent six days in the pink jersey, the most ever by an Australian rider.

Matthews donned the maglia rosa on six occasions (Image: Orica-GFreenEDGE)

Matthews donned the maglia rosa on six occasions (Image: Orica-GFreenEDGE)

40 – Age of Alessandro Petacchi, the oldest rider in the race. He is one day older than Danilo Hondo, the second oldest participant.

20 – Age of Sebastian Henao, the youngest rider in the race. 

4 – Trek sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo finished second four times without winning a stage. He also finished second in the points competition.

3Nacer Bouhanni is the first Frenchman to win multiple Giro stages in one edition since Laurent Jalabert in 1999 (who also won stages).

1Katusha were the only one of the 22 entrants who fielded a team comprising riders who had all ridden the Giro before.

2 – Teams finishing with their full complement of nine riders: Movistar and Trek.

2 – Number of Orica-GreenEDGE riders who finished the race (Svein Tuft and Michael Hepburn).

169Svein Tuft, the first leader of the race, finished 169th and last at his previous grand tour, the 2013 Tour de France. From lanterne rouge to pink jersey!

19 – Stage 16 (Gavia-Stelvio-Val Martello) was run over the same parcours as the cancelled stage 19 from last year’s race.

1 – Number of marriage proposals made by riders during the race. Belkin’s Jos van Emden stopped during the stage 19 time trial to propose to girlfriend Kimberly Herpelinck. She said yes.

Some information courtesy of Infostrada and Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton).

Link: Official website

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