History of the Tour de France by numbers

By Cyclingnews.com | Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2.50pm

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com

The world’s most famous road race - the Tour de France - has a rich 109 year history and its fabled past is synonymous with the greatest names in the sport.

But who are the figures that have written themselves into the record books of this most emblematic of events? Who’s the fastest winner? The oldest winner? The youngest winner? Which country has basked in yellow more than any other? Who’s the climber that stands head and shoulders above all the other?

We’ve got all the answers and more right here in our history of the Tour de France by numbers, and alongside it is a gallery of some of the race's biggest names. With the start of the latest edition on June 30 rapidly approaching, will any of the current generation force their way into some of these categories?

Multiple winners

  • 7: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 1999-2005
  • 5: Jacques Anquetil (Fra) – 1957, 1961-64
  • 5: Eddy Merckx (Bel) – 1969-72, 1974
  • 5: Bernard Hinault (Fra) – 1978-79, 1981-82, 1985
  • 5: Miguel Indurain (Spa) – 1991-95

Victories by nation

  • France: 36
  • Belgium: 18
  • Spain: 13
  • USA: 10
  • Italy: 9
  • Luxembourg: 4
  • Holland and Switzerland: 2
  • Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Australia: 1

Smallest winning margins (since 1947)

  • 8 seconds: 1989 - Greg LeMond (USA) beats Laurent Fignon (Fra)
  • 23 seconds: 2007 – Alberto Contador (Spa) beats Cadel Evans (Aus)
  • 38 seconds: 1968 – Jan Janssen (Hol) beats Herman Van Springel (Bel)

Largest winning margins (since 1947)

  • 28m 17s: 1952 – Fausto Coppi (Ita) beats Constant Ockers (Bel)
  • 26m 16s: 1948 – Gino Bartali (Ita) beats Alberic Schotte (Bel)
  • 22m 00s: 1951 – Hugo Koblet (Sui) beats Raphael Geminiani (Fra)

Yellow jersey wearers by nation

  • France: 82
  • Belgium: 53
  • Italy: 25
  • Holland: 17
  • Germany: 12
  • Spain: 12
  • Switzerland: 10
  • Luxembourg: 7
  • Denmark and USA: 5
  • Great Britain and Australia: 4
  • Ireland: 3
  • Canada: 2
  • Austria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Estonia, Colombia, Norway and Ukraine: 1

Most days in the yellow jersey

  • Eddy Merckx (Bel): 111
  • Lance Armstrong (USA): 83
  • Bernard Hinault (Fra): 79
  • Miguel Indurain (Spa): 60
  • Jacques Anquetil (Fra): 52

Most green jersey victories

  • 6: Erik Zabel (Ger) – 1996-2001
  • 4: Sean Kelly (Ire) – 1982-83, 1985, 1989
  • 3: Jan Janssen (Hol) – 1964-65, 1967
  • 3: Eddy Merckx (Bel) – 1969, 1971-72
  • 3: Freddy Maertens (Bel) – 1976, 1978, 1981
  • 3: Djamolidine Abdoujaparov (Uzb) – 1991, 1993-94
  • 3: Robbie McEwen (Aus) – 2002, 2004, 2006

Green jersey winners by nation

  • Belgium: 19
  • France: 9
  • Germany: 8
  • Holland, Ireland and Australia: 4
  • Uzbekistan: 3
  • Italy, Switzerland and Norway: 2
  • Spain, Great Britain: 1

Most polka-dot jersey victories

  • 7: Richard Virenque (Fra) – 1994-97, 1999, 2003-04
  • 6: Federico Bahamontes (Spa) – 1954, 1958-59, 1962-64
  • 6: Lucien Van Impe (Bel) – 1971-72, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983

Polka-dot jersey winners by nation

  • France: 18
  • Spain: 15
  • Italy: 13
  • Belgium: 11
  • Colombia: 4

Most white jersey victories

  • 3: Andy Schleck (Lux) – 2008-2010
  • 3: Jan Ullrich (Ger) – 1996-98
  • 3: Marco Pantani (Ita) – 1994-95

White jersey winners by nation

  • France, Holland, Italy and Spain: 5
  • Germany: 4
  • Luxembourg: 3
  • Colombia, USA and Russia: 2
  • Australia, Mexico and Ukraine: 1

Highest average speed of Tour winner

  • 41.654kph: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 2005
  • 40.940kph: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 2003
  • 40.553kph: Lance Armstrong (USA) – 2004

Biggest winning margin in a stage (since 1947)

  • 22m 50s: 1976 (Montgenevre-Manosque) - Jose Luis Viego (Spa)
  • 21m 48s: 1957 (Pau-Bordeaux) – Pierino Baffi (Ita)
  • 20m 31s: 1955 (Millau-Albi) – Daan De Groot (Hol)

Most stage victories

  • 34: Eddy Merckx (Bel)25: Andre Leducq (Fra)
  • 22: Andre Darrigade (Fra)
  • 22: Lance Armstrong (USA)
  • 20: Nicolas Frantz (Lux)
  • 20: Mark Cavendish (GBr)

Most time trial victories

  • 20: Bernard Hinault (Fra)
  • 16: Eddy Merckx (Bel)
  • 11: Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
  • 11: Lance Armstrong (USA)

Most stage wins in one Tour

  • 8: Charles Pelissier (Fra) – 1930
  • 8: Eddy Merckx (Bel) – 1970, 1974
  • 8: Freddy Maertens (Bel) – 1976

Oldest Tour winners (age at end of the race)

  • 36: Firmin Lambot (Bel) – 1922
  • 34: Henri Pelissier (Fra) – 1923
  • 34: Gino Bartali (Ita) - 1948
  • 34: Cadel Evans (Aus) – 2011

Youngest Tour winners (age at end of the race)

  • 19: Henri Cornet (Fra) – 1904
  • 21: Romain Maes (Bel) – 1935
  • 22: Francois Faber (Lux) – 1909
  • 22: Octave Lapize (Fra) – 1910
  • 22: Philippe Thys (Bel) – 1913
  • 22: Felice Gimondi (Ita) – 1965
  • 22: Laurent Fignon (Fra) – 1983

Related links

Longest gap between victories

  • 10 Years: Gino Bartali (Ita) – 1938 and 1948

Most Tour starts

  • 16: Joop Zoetemelk (Hol)
  • 16: George Hincapie (USA)

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