Le Tour De Facts: 15 Incredible Facts You Ignored About The Tour De France

09:01 17th July 2013 by Alex Roty
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That’s nearly it. This year’s Tour de France is almost over and, as we are now in the 3rd and final week of the race, it looks like Chris Froome is in a good position to win his 1st Tour but we’ll get the answer to that next Sunday on the Champs Elysées.

For the last two weeks we’ve shown you the most incredible crash photos from the Tour de France as well as a great selection of the finest hostesses at Le Tour.

To finish this year’s chapter of the Tour de France on MPORA.com we decided to point out 15 incredible facts you’ve probably ignored about la Grande Boucle.

1 – With 36 wins the French are the most titled riders in the Tour history.

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2 – While still racing le Tour Mario Cipollini taped a picture of Pamela Anderson to his handlebars to give him a boost. We can understand why.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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3 – Greg LeMond still has 35 pellets in his body from a “hunting accident” he had 2 years ago before winning le Tour in 1989.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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4 – Four riders have died while competing in le Tour de France.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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5 – The oldest stage winner was Firmin Lambot in 1922, 36 years old.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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6 – The youngest stage winner was Henri Cornet in 1904, 19 years old.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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7 – The average amount of calories consumed by a rider per day is 5,900.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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8 – The heaviest rider to take part in Le Tour de France was Sweden’s Magnus Backstedt at 97kg (!).

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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9 – 13,000 Gendarmes (Police) cover the Tour de France every year.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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10 – In 1947 Albert Bourlon performed the longest solo breakaway: 253km.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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11 – 15 million spectators hit the route of the Tour every year.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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12 – Throughout the 3 week race the peloton uses over 790 tyres in total.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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13 – The overall winner of the race receives a purse of €450,000.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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14 – The first Tour de France in 1903 was counting only 6 stages and attracted 70 entrants. It was ridden during the night.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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15 – In the 20′s the riders could have a cigarette while riding. French class we guess.

15 facts you ignored about the tour de france

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