It’s October, the nights are drawing in, and the beautiful Race of the Falling Leaves is a but a fond memory. This can only mean one thing. Yes the Tour of Beijing is upon us, and with it the official end of the WorldTour race calendar.
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.
Andre Greipel broke his Tour de France duck with a strong sprint to take the win in Reims.