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Our new retro cycling quotes mugs are here! Four classic quotes from four all-time great riders, based on the jerseys they wore in their heyday.

Coppi - “Age & treachery will overcome youth & skill’

Hinault - ‘As long as I breathe… I attack’

Kuiper - ‘Racing is licking your opponent’s plate clean, before starting on your own’

LeMond - ‘It never gets easier, you just go faster’

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Tour de France: By the numbers



2012 Tour Stats

Distance in 2012: 3497km
Start: Liège, Belgium on June 30
Finish: Paris, France on July 22
Time Trials: 3 individual (prologue, stage 9, stage 19)
Mountaintop finishes: 3 (La Planche des Belles Filles,
La Toussuire, Peyragudes)
Total purse: €3.4 million
Winner’s payout: €450,000

The record books

Winners by nation:
France: 36
Belgium: 18
Spain: 12
United Stages: 10
Italy: 9
Luxembourg: 5
Netherlands: 2
Switzerland: 2
Germany: 1
Australia: 1
Denmark: 1
Ireland: 1

Recent winners:
2007: Alberto Contador (ESP)
2008: Carlos Sastre (ESP)
2009: Alberto Contador (ESP)
2010: Andy Schleck (LUX)
2011: Cadel Evans (AUS)

Top recent French placings:
2007: Stéphane Goubert 27th
2008: Sandy Casar 13th
2009: Christophe Le Mével 10th
2010: John Gadret 19th
2011: Thomas Voeckler 4th

Most stage wins in a single Tour: 8 (Charles Pélissier in 1930, Eddy Merckx in 1970 and 1974, and Freddy Maertens in 1976)

Most career stage wins: 34 (Eddy Merckx)

Most riders to wear the yellow jersey in a single edition: 8 (1958 and 1987)

Most days in yellow: 96 (Eddy Merckx, in 7 Tours)

Most overall wins: 7 (Lance Armstrong, 1999-2005)

Most overall podiums: 8 (Raymond Poulidor, who was 2nd three times, 3rd five times; Lance Armstrong, 1st seven times, 3rd once)

Largest margin of victory: 28:17 (Fausto Coppi over Stan Ockers in 1952)

Smallest margin of victory: :08 (Greg LeMond over Laurent Fignon in 1989)

Most green jersey titles: 6 (Erik Zabel)

Most polka dot jersey titles: 7 (Richard Virenque)

Longest solo breakaway: 253km (Albert Bourlon in 1947)

Biggest stage win margin: 22:50 (José Luis Viejo in 1976)

Fastest prologue: 55.152 kph (Chris Boardman in 1994)

Fastest individual time trial: 54.545 kph (Greg LeMond in 1989, over 24.5km)

Fastest mass start stage: 50.355 kph (Mario Cipollini in 1999, over 194.5km from Laval to Blois)

Fastest overall speed: 41.654 kph (Lance Armstrong in 2005)

Oldest overall winner: 36 years 4 months 9 days (Firmin Lambot in 1922)

Youngest overall winner: 19 years 11 months 20 days (Henri Cornet in 1904)

Most participations: 16 (Joop Zoetemelk, 1970-73, 1975-86; George Hincapie, 1996-2011)

A nice collection of stats from the Tour de France

I’m ready


I thought 9gag is just the boring place where people post stuff I’ve already seen on tumblr. seems I might be wrong :)



I thought 9gag is just the boring place where people post stuff I’ve already seen on tumblr. seems I might be wrong :)