11 June 2010

Tour de France - Five Fact Friday

Tour de France Trivia
  • Greg Lemond won the Tour de France in 1990 without winning one stage of the Tour.
  • In Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, UK, and Italy 96% of citizens know of the Tour de France. In the USA 56% know of the race.
  • Jules Banino of France at the age of 51 was the oldest man to compete in the Tour de France (1924).
  • In 1930 the Publicity Caravan was started as advertisement. It followed behind the riders. Now it is an event in itself preceding the riders by 2 hours.
  • In 1935 Julien Moineau won a stage of the Tour after a group of his friends had arranged roadside tables with cold beer enroute to Bordeaux. When most of the Peloton stopped to have a drink, he sped away for the victory.