Another year, another final week of the Tour with its gruelling mountain stages, tense time trial and bling sprint on the Champs. Then comes the tears of the victors and the revelry of demob happy cyclists. And we share it all through Twitter. This week, we check out the French, the Germans and one mad Russian, plus celebrations, relaxation and recovery. Continue reading
Key race facts
3,664 – In kilometres, the total distance covered in this year’s race.
164 – Number of finishers, out of 198 starters.
89:59:06 – Total race time for overall winner Vincenzo Nibali.
40.679 – In kilometres per hour, the average race speed for Nibali, making this the second fastest Tour de France ever (40.782kph in 2006).
6 – Nationalities represented in the top ten on GC (three Frenchmen, two each from Spain and the Netherlands. one each from Italy, Czech Republic and USA).
4 – Countries visited by this year’s Tour: UK, France, Belgium and Spain.
3,500,000 – Official estimate of the number of fans who lined the route of the three UK stages.
We review the final week of a wonderful Tour de France and hand out our Alternative TDF Awards.
Warning: May contain silliness. And Oleg Tinkov. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.