Tour de France analysis: Week 1 in numbers

Depending on how you look at it, we’re either one-third of the way through the Tour de France – because we’ve just arrived at the first rest day – or nearly halfway through it in terms of stages completed and total distance covered. However you choose to look at it, it’s been a pretty eventful race so far, so here’s a quick review of week one of the 2012 Tour in numbers.

The race

10 – Stages completed, out of a total of 21.

1,616.5 – Distance (in kilometres) covered so far, out of a total of 3,497. (That’s 46%, stat fans.)

1 – Summit finishes to date: La Planche des Belles Filles on stage seven. There are two still to come.

Stage winners

Sagan is the only three-time winner so far (image courtesy of Danielle Haex)

7 – Number of different stage winners: Peter Sagan (three), Andre Greipel (two), Fabian Cancellara, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Thibaut Pinot and Bradley Wiggins.

5 – Number of teams to have registered a stage win: Liquigas-Cannondale (three), Sky (three), Lotto-Belisol (two), RadioShack-Nissan and FDJ-Big Mat.

4 – Stages won by 22-year olds: Sagan (three), Pinot.

2 – Stages won by riders currently in the top 20 of the general classification: Froome (stage seven) and Wiggins (stage nine).

21 – Tour career wins for Mark Cavendish after his stage two victory.

16Peter Sagan‘s three victories to date take his 2012 win total to 16.

3 – For the first time ever, three British riders have won stages at the same Tour: Cavendish, Froome and Wiggins.

The yellow jersey

2 – Number of riders who have led the 2012 race: Fabian Cancellara (seven days) and Bradley Wiggins (three).

28 days in yellow for Cancellara (image courtesy of Danielle Haex)

28Cancellara has now accumulated 28 days in yellow during his career – more than any non-overall winner, passing the record of Rene Vietto (26 days).

50Wiggins took the yellow jersey on stage seven on July 7th, one day after the 50th anniversary of the first British rider to claim the overall race lead: Tommy Simpson in 1962.

6 – Only six riders are within five minutes of the race leader in the general classification. A further six are between five and six minutes in arrears.

Other jerseys

32Peter Sagan leads the green jersey competition with 217 points, 32 more than second-placed Matt Goss. He has led the classification since winning stage one.

Morkov was the early leader of the mountains classification (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6 – Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank’s Michael Morkov wore the King of the Mountains’ polka dot jersey for six days.

21Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) currently leads the mountains classification with 21 points. There are 27 points available on tomorrow’s stage alone.

42 – In seconds, Tejay van Garderen‘s advantage over Rein Taaramae in the young rider comperition. They are the only two riders to have worn the white jersey so far, although RadioShack’s Tony Gallopin is just three seconds behind Taaramae in third.


17  – Tour starts for BMC’s George Hincapie, a new record.

Zubeldia is the highest placed RadioShak rider in the GC (image courtesy of RadioShack-Nissan)

5 – Number of RadioShack-Nissan riders in the top 17 of the general classification: Haimar Zubeldia (sixth), Maxime Monfort (seventh), Tony Gallopin (13th), Andreas Kloden (15th) and Frank Schleck (17th).

23 – Since 2008, British riders have won 23 stages of the Tour (Cavendish 21, Wiggins and Froome one each) – only one fewer than between 1903 and 2007 .

21 – At the time of writing, there have been 21 abandonments from the race – this includes Tony Martin, who withdrew after yesterday’s time trial.

8 – Eight of the 21 riders to have quit the race are Spanish: Mikel Astarloza, Amets Txurruka, defending King of the Mountains Samuel Sanchez and Gorka Verdugo (all Euskaltel-Euskadi), J J Rojas, Imanol Erviti and Jose Ivan Gutierrez (all Movistar) and frmer green jersey and three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Katusha).

Some data courtesy of Infostrada Sports.

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Tweets of the Week: Phinney goes for gold, Henderson & Hansen take on Euro 2012 and The Jensie is appalled

Funny, cruel, odd, personal … you get it all on Twitter. Each week, we’ll have a rundown of some of our favourite tweets. Here are the tweets for the week ending 17th June 2012.

Hollywood Phinney goes for gold

Oh we love that Hollywood Phinney here at VeloVoices Towers. I was very disappointed that he wasn’t going to be riding the Tour de France as I thought he was one of the riders who really gave the Giro some extra sparkle, but he’s just been confirmed for the US Olympic team so there’ll be Phinney in July. Here’s the cover of the Velo mag, courtesy of the editor, Neal Rogers. BTW, if you’re not following Neal, do it now. He’s great.

But let’s face it, Taylor Phinney would not be Taylor Phinney if he didn’t have a hashtag romance on the go. I wonder if he was a sailor in another life, you know, ‘girl in every port’. However, the hot topic was what his romance would be officially hashtagged.

The man himself seems to have opted for Dan Maize’s suggestion of #OlympicLoveStory. I’m also assuming that the Hermione in this tweet referred to the bird who was in Harry Potter, although to be honest, I have no idea why I think that.

So, it’s Hermione, Luna, and now Alabama Lola … I actually picked this one because I love tweets that have the word umlaut in them. Especially when professional cyclists use that word in their tweets. Just a strange bookworm thing …

Last but not least, here’s what the Boy Wonder has as his iPhone wallpaper. I think that’s a gauntlet throw-down if you ask me, Tony Martin.

Tasty treats

There were a few eyebrow-raising tweets around food and drink. This is how the Dutch rehydrate, apparently.

Equine lovers among you might want to scroll past this section because we’re about to talk about, um, horse meat. My Beloved™ Fabian Cancellara tried to hide this little bombshell in his tweet the other day. It didn’t work. People actually read his tweets and as they’re in Fabianese, one looks much closer at them than usual. He was rumbled.

I like to think this picture of what looks like a LOT of female reporters is them asking him if he really does eat horse meat and if he really is happy about it! ‘Awesome’ was his word.

I thought that TourDeJose was right and that there would be a Twitter frenzy. But you know what, there really wasn’t. Except for Maxime Montfort, who might be in trouble on the domestic front as Fabs gave the game away.

Right about here, I was going to put in Fabs’ tweet about being annoyed by a fly in the bus toilette during his ‘obligations’ but, no, I just can’t. I just … I mean, if he goes to the toilet that means he’s just a man. Just a man!!!! I refuse to believe that so I am going to move swiftly on, before I lose my religion.

Match of the Day! Hansen / Henderson and Euro 2012

A lot of time has passed since an Adam Hansen/Greg Henderson tweet conversation was reported here. This is possibly the only time in my life I will say Thank God for football. Here the Dynamic Duo consider the joys of Euro 2012.

What you might not have realised is, this Twitter conversation happened even though they were actually in the same room.

It ain’t the Partridge Family bus, apparently

Poor Adam … this is what the guy has to put up with on the team bus.

Do not mess with Jens

Before the whole USADA Lance Armstrong / Johan Bruyneel sh*tstorm, Bruyneel had announced that any rider who didn’t ride the Giro, the Dauphine or the Tour de Suisse would not be considered for the RadioShack Tour de France team. Which meant that Chris Horner – one of the more successful of the RadioShack riders this season – would not be considered. Consternation from a lot of people, but not from one Andreas Kloden.*Boom* – a shot across the Horner bows …

So what happened next was one of those people who pretend they’re Jens Voigt tweeted something untoward about Chris Horner (couldn’t find the tweet – actually, couldn’t be that bothered to look). This was picked up by a cycling programme and read out on air, saying it was from Jens. Thejensie got wind of this and reached out to his tweeties.

We never thought that of you, Jens. This is the explanation:

I think I’m all tweeted out now so I’ll leave you with this from Velocentric.

Quite right. Although just a few minutes ago, I noticed that RadioShack have released the names of the guys on the Tour team. Horner is on it. As is Kloden. As is Jens. Wonder who’s rooming with who!

Till next week tweeties.