Records are there to be broken

Will some of the Tour's legendary performances be bettered this year?

The records to beat on the Tour de France, which begins with a prologue in London on Saturday:


Most number of stage wins in single edition: 8 by Charles Pelissier (1930), Eddy Merckx (1970, 1974) and Freddy Maertens (1976)
Most number of total stage wins: Eddy Merckx (34)
Most number of riders to have worn yellow jersey in one edition: 8 in 1958 and 1987
Most number of days in yellow jersey: 96 by Eddy Merckx (in 7
participations)
Most number of overall victories: 7 by Lance Armstrong (1999 - 2005)
Most number of podiums: 8 - Raymond Poulidor (3 times 2nd, 5 times 3rd) in
14 participations between 1962 - 1976
Biggest winning margin since 1947: 28min 17sec (Fausto Coppi - Stan Ockers in 1952)
Smallest winning margin: 8 sec (Greg LeMond - Laurent Fignon in 1989)
Most number of green jersey victories: 6 (Erik Zabel)
Most number of polka dot jerseys: 7 (Richard Virenque)
Longest solo breakaway: 253 km by Albert Bourlon in 1947
Biggest winning margin at the end of a stage: 22min 50sec for Jose Luis Viejo in 1976
Fastest prologue: 55.152 km/h - Chris Boardman in 1994 over 7.2 km
Fastest time trial: 54.545 km/h - Greg LeMond in 1989 over 24.5 km
Fastest average speed over a stage: 50.355 km/h - Mario Cipollini in 1999 over 194.5 km (Laval-Blois)
Fastest average over whole Tour: 41.654 km/h - Lance Armstrong in 2005
Oldest winner: Firmin Lambot (36 years 4 months 9 days) in 1922
Youngest winner: Henri Cornet (19 years 11 months 20 days) in 1904
Most participations: 16 - Joop Zoetemelk, between 1970 - 1986 (no retirements).

 

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