4,500 people: organisation, teams, media, partners, suppliers and publicity caravan
(32 nations are represented)
49 entrants are riding their first Tour.
Elie Gesbert of team Fortuneo-Oscaro. Elie is 22 years old.
Haimar Zubeldia of team Trek-Segafredo. Haimar is 40 years old.
Over 12 million fans from all over the world line the course each year, making it the largest sporting event in history.
Former Tour champions racing:
Chris Froome is the two-time defending champion and Alberto Contador who won in 2007 and 2009.
Most Tour starts:
Direct Energie’s Sylvain Chavanel ties the record for most Tour starts, at 17 (on par with Stuart O’Grady, Jens Voigt and George Hincapie).
Water bottles used:
More than 42,000 water bottles will be used by teams at this year’s Tour. This breaks down to be about two bottles per rider per hour of racing.
single rider will consume about 8,000 a day during the Tour. That comes out to be about 168,000 calories over the 21 stages—per rider!