21 May 2010

Tour De France - Five Fact Friday

Tour de France Trivia
  • The First Tour de France was in 1903, (although there was no Tour de France held in 1915-1918 due to WW I and 1940-1946 due to WW II).
  • In 1969 Eddie Merckx won the overall Tour Yellow Jersey, the King of the Mountains Jersey, and the Sprinters Jerseys.
  • Joop Zoetemelk from the Nederlands competed in 16 Tour de Frances. What is more amazing is that he started 16 tours and finished 16 tours.
  • The most frequented cities in the Tour de France include Paris 135 times, Bordeaux 79 times, and Pau 61 times.
  • David Zabriskie rode the fastest full-length time-trial in the opening stage of 2005, from Fromentine to Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile (19 km) at 54.676 kmh (33.97 mph).