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The Tour de France in numbers


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123,900

The approximate average number of calories burned by a rider during the Tour

 

21,125

The total elevation of the classified climbs in metres in this year's Tour de France - they have an average gradient of 6.6 per cent

 

3,430

The length of the 2011 Tour de France in kilometres. That's a breeze compared to the longest ever edition of the race - 5,745km in 1926

 

2,645

The altitude in metres of the Col du Galibier, where the 18th stage of this year's Tour will finish. It's the highest ever stage finish and also 100 years since the Galibier was first used in the Tour

 

1955

The last year there was only one individual time trial in the Tour

 

30.213

The average speed in miles per hour of the fastest road race stage ever in the Tour, from Laval to Blois in the 1999 Tour. Mario Cipollini won it

 

28-17

The larget post-war Tour winning margin, Fausto Coppi in the 1952 Tour

 

16

The records for the most Tours ever started (and finished) belonging to Joop Zoetemelk of Holland, who completed the 1970-73 and 1975-86 Tours. George Hincapie (BMC) will equal the record if he completes this year

 

10

The smallest number of finishers ever in a Tour de France. In 1919 - out of 69 who started

 

8

The highest number of different riders to wear the yellow jersey in one Tour (1987)

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The cynic in me wants to make a sentence with the words 0, "clean" and "winner"

 

I'll just say "0" the number of stages I'll be able to complete even if the time limit is 24hrs.

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I'll just say "0" the number of stages I'll be able to complete even if the time limit is 24hrs.

 

Last stage is only 95 kilos ;)

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123,900

The approximate average number of calories burned by a rider during the Tour

 

 

 

That is 16kg weight loss at 3500 calories/pound :o

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Calories noted is for the tour, between 4000 and 8000 per day.

Of which around 50% is consumed on the bike:

http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/07/sport-shorts-ironman-wr-zabriskies.html

 

234W (3.3W/kg) - average power output of a midpack rider in the 2005 tour.

394W (5.6W/kg) - mean max power over 30min for a midpack rider on a mountain stage.

http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/07/tour-de-france-power-outputs-from.html

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