Tour de France review: The Tour in numbers

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.

34 – Nationalities represented in the race – France had 44 starters,

2 – Teams with more than one rider in the final top ten (Ag2r La Mondiale and Belkin).

3 – Only three other riders finished within ten minutes of Nibali’s winning time. Just 21 finished less than an hour in arrears.

30 – Years since France had two riders finish in the top three overall – in 1984 Laurent Fignon won, with Bernard Hinault second.

6:02:24 – Giant-Shimano’s Ji Cheng was the lanterne rouge, the last classified finisher, just over six hours slower than Nibali. He was dead last on the final stage too after suffering a mechanical problem, the only rider to be lapped by the main field.

He may have finished last overall, but Ji Cheng proved his worth. pulling the peloton in pursuit of breakaways day after day in support of Marcel Kittel (Image: @letour)

He may have finished last overall, but Ji Cheng proved his worth. pulling the peloton in pursuit of breakaways day after day in support of Marcel Kittel (Image: @letour)

The classifications

3 – Only three riders wore the leader’s yellow jersey – the maillot jaune – during the race: Marcel Kittel, Vincenzo Nibali and Tony Gallopin.

2 – Number of days on which the yellow jersey was held by a rider other than Nibali.

3 – Only two riders led the green jersey (maillot vert) points competition during the race: Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan.

20Peter Sagan held the green jersey on 20 out of 21 stages, and was the only rider to actually wear the jersey (because Kittel was in yellow on stage two).

58Sagan has led the points competition on 58 of the 63 days he has raced at the Tour. In each of his three participations, he has always claimed the lead by the third racing day at latest.

7 – Number of riders who led the polka dot jersey (maillot a pois rouges) King of the Mountains competition: Jens Voigt, Cyril Lemoine, Blel Kadri, Tony Martin, Joaquim Rodriguez, Vincenzo Nibali and Rafal Majka.

4 – Four riders led the white jersey (maillot blanc) young riders’ classification: Peter Sagan, Michal Kwiatkowski, Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot.

1 – Majka’s polka dot jersey victory marked the first time any of the Tour’s four jerseys have been won by a Polish rider.

2Ag2r La Mondiale have won the team classification prize at both this year’s grand tours to date, the Giro and the Tour. Can they complete the hat-trick at the Vuelta?

Rafal Majka achieved what no Polish rider has ever before managed - win a Tour classification (Image: ASO/X Bourgois)

Rafal Majka achieved what no Polish rider has ever before managed – win a Tour classification (Image: ASO/X Bourgois)

The champion

29 – Age of Vincenzo Nibali.

3 – This was Nibali’s third grand tour victory, after the Vuelta in 2011 and the Giro in 2010.

7 – He is the seventh different winner of the Tour in the last seven editions.

6 – He is only the sixth rider to have won all three grand tours (Giro, Tour, Vuelta), after Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Alberto Contador.

7:37 – Nibali’s winning margin over runner-up Jean-Christophe Peraud.

4 – Stages won by Nibali during the race (two, ten, 13 and 18). He is the first overall GC winner to win take four road victories (i.e. excluding time trials) since Eddy Merckx in 1974.

19 – Days in the yellow jersey for Nibali.

Nibali completes his full set of grand tour wins (Image: ASO/B Bade)

Nibali completes his full set of grand tour wins (Image: ASO/B Bade)

The stage winners

12 – Number of individual stage winners.

5 – Number of riders with multiple stage victories: Vincenzo Nibali and Marcel Kittel (four each), Alexander Kristoff, Rafal Majka and Tony Martin (two each). Only Kittel and Martin had previously won a stage at the Tour.

0 – Wins for Peter Sagan, despite four second places and a total of eleven top-fives.

No stage wins for Sagan, but an easy ride to his third consecutive green jersey (Image: Presse Sports/B Papon)

No stage wins for Sagan, but an easy ride to his third consecutive green jersey (Image: Presse Sports/B Papon)

8 – Different nationalities who won stages: Germany led the way with seven, while Italy recorded five victories.

9 – Only nine of the 22 teams won stages during the race. Astana and Giant-Shimano led the way with four each, while Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Tinkoff-Saxo each won three.

3Marcel Kittel has now won the opening stage of the last three grand tours he has entered (2013 Tour, 2014 Giro, 2014 Tour).

2 – Kittel has taken victory in the first and last stages of the last two editions of the Tour.

5 – Kittel has now won grand tour stages in five different countries (Spain, France, Republic of Ireland, Italy, UK). It’s six if you count England and Northern Ireland separately.

And a few other random stats …

9Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) has started the last nine grand tours, dating back to the 2011 Vuelta – and finished them all.

42 – Age of Jens Voigt, the oldest rider in the race. He has been the oldest rider in the Tour for consecutive years now.

He may have been the oldest man in the race, but that didn't stop Jens Voigt doing what he does best - piling on the pain (Image: ASO/B Bade)

He may have been the oldest man in the race, but that didn’t stop Jens Voigt doing what he has always done best – piling on the pain (Image: ASO/B Bade)

20 – Age of Danny van Poppel, the youngest rider in the race (although he turned 21 last Saturday). Both he and Voigt ride for the same team, Trek.

2 – Days in his career on which Voigt has held the polka dot jersey at the Tour: in his debut Tour in 1998 and in his farewell edition this year.

36 – Age of Orica-GreenEDGE’s Mathew Hayman, the oldest Tour debutant in this year’s race.

3Tony Gallopin‘s day in the yellow jersey marked only the third time this century that a French rider has held the race lead on Bastille Day (14th July). On the previous two occasions (2004 and 2011) it was Thomas Voeckler.

A day in yellow - Bastille Day, no less - and a stage win. Tony Gallopin will never have to but a drink in France again! (Image: ASO/B Bade)

A day in yellow – Bastille Day, no less – and a stage win. Tony Gallopin will never have to but a drink in France again! (Image: ASO/B Bade)

3 – Three teams (Lotto-Belisol, Belkin and Sky) fielded teams in which all nine riders had previously ridden the Tour.

4 – Teams finishing with their full complement of nine riders: Astana, Ag2r, Europcar and Bretagne-Seche.

1Ji Cheng became the first Chinese rider ever to start the Tour de France.

0 – Number of previous Tour winners who finished the race (out of three: Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, Chris Froome).

Some statistics via Infostrada and Cillian Kelly (@irishpeloton).

Link: Official website

3 thoughts on “Tour de France review: The Tour in numbers

  1. Abigail says:

    Giant-shimano didn’t actually finish with nine, they lost Dries Devenys who crashed in the decent of the Izoard.

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