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Some facts about the Tour de France

4,500 people: organisation, teams, media, partners, suppliers and publicity caravan

198 riders

(32 nations are represented)

3,540 km

(21 stages)

First tour:

49 entrants are riding their first Tour.

Youngest rider:

Elie Gesbert of team Fortuneo-Oscaro. Elie is 22 years old.

Oldest rider:

Haimar Zubeldia of team Trek-Segafredo. Haimar  is 40 years old.

Spectators:

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.

Calories Consumed:

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!