10 Facts About Tour de France

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Only the toughest athletes take part in this Grand Prix of cycling and only the fittest survive. Here are some fun facts about one of Europe’s most beloved annual sporting events.


1
Greg LeMond won the Tour de France in 1989 with 35 shotgun pellets embedded in his body!

2
While racing in Tour de France, Italian cyclist Mario Cipollini taped a picture of Pamela Anderson to his handlebars for inspiration.

3
Four riders have died while competing in Tour de France.

4
In Tour de France 1953, Jean Robic swapped his water bottle for a bottle filled with lead. The bottle helped Jean soar down from the mountain summit at an incredible speed.

5
The average amount of calories used by a Tour de France rider per day is 5,900. An ordinary man uses 2,500 on average.

6
During the three-week challenge of Tour de France, the peloton tend to wear out a total of 792 tyres.

7
In 2005, the average speed of the Tour de France was 25.8mph. Comparably, in 1919 the speed was 15mph.

8
The first edition of the Tour de France, in 1903, consisted of just six stages, and attracted 70 riders, who raced during the night.

9
Funny enough, Le Tour de France does not only run through the entire country of France. It often has stages in other bordering countries such as the Principality of Monaco, Spain and even South Holland.

10
As far as records in Tour de France go, Lance Armstrong has broken them all except the fastest individual time trial.