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105th Tour de France in facts and figures

Geraint Thomas has won the 105th Tour de France. He’s the first Welshmen to do so and the third British winner after Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Christopher Froome (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017).

This was Geraint Thomas’s 9th participation. The only rider to win his first Tour de France after more participations was Joop Zoetemelk in 1980. The Dutchman won at his 10th participation.

Thomas is the second rider to win the Tour de France wearing bib number 8, after Jan Ullrich in 1997. His teammate and winner of 1996, Bjarne Riis started with bib number 1.

Tom Dumoulin is the first Dutch rider on the podium of the Tour de France since Erik Breukink in 1990. Breukink was third in 1990 after Greg Lemond and Claudio Chiappucci.

Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome became the first riders to reach the podium in the Giro and Tour in the same year since Marco Pantani won both races in 1998. The last time that two riders stood on the podium in both races was 1994, with Miguel Indurain Larraya (1st in Tour, 3rd in Giro) and Marco Pantani (3rd in Tour, 2nd in Giro).

Chris Froome ended for the 11th time on a podium of a Grand Tour. Only Felice Gimondi (12), Bernard Hinault (12), Eddy Merckx (12) and Jacques Anquetil (13) rode more Grand Tour podiums in their career.

Peter Sagan won the points classification for the sixth time. He equalled Erik Zabel, who won the points classification six times between 1996 and 2001. Sagan broke also Zabel’s record of most stages in the green jersey. Sagan has now received 106 green jerseys in the Tour de France.

For the first time since 1982, Netherlands had two riders in the top 5 of the final classification. Then Joop Zoetemelk (2nd), Johan van der Velde (3rd) and Peter Winnen (4th), now Tom Dumoulin (2nd) and Steven Kruijswijk (5th).

Tom Dumoulin is the second Dutchmen to ride podium in two Grand Tours in one year after Joop Zoetemelk in 1979.

Tom Dumoulin and Steven Kruijswijk joined Bauke Mollema and Erik Breukink as Dutch rider to ride top 10 in all Grand Tours.

Dutch riders have won three Tour de France stages in a single year for the first time since 2000 (4 wins).

Colombia equalled their record of stage wins in a single year. Just like in 1985, with Fabio Parra en Luis Herrera (2), they won three stages in this Tour.

Sylvain Chavanel finished his 16th Tour de France and equalled Joop Zoetemelk as the rider with the most Tour de Frances finished.

Lawson Craddock is the first rider in history to hold the lanterne rouge from the first until the last stage.

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100th green jersey for Sagan in Tour

Yesterday Peter Sagan received his 100th green jersey in the Tour de France. Only Eddy Merckx have won more jerseys in one classification. Merckx picked up 111 yellow jerseys in the Tour de France.

Most jerseys in one classification in the Tour de France
# | Rider | Nat | Classification
111 | Merckx, Eddy | BEL | General
100 | Sagan, Peter | SVK | General Points
96 | Virenque, Richard | FRA | General Mountain
89 | Van Impe, Lucien | BEL | General Mountain
89 | Zabel, Erik | GER | General Points
83 | Armstrong, Lance | USA | General
79 | Hinault, Bernard | FRA | General
71 | Maertens, Freddy | BEL | General Points
66 | Kelly, Sean | IRL | General Points
59 | Froome, Christopher | GBR | General
59 | Indurain Larraya, Miguel | SPA | General
55 | Ullrich, Jan | GER | General Youth
54 | Abduzhaparov, Djamolidine | UZB | General Points
52 | Anquetil, Jacques | FRA | General
51 | McEwen, Robbie | AUS | General Points
50 | Darrigade, Andre | FRA | General Points
43 | Jimenez Munoz, Julio | SPA | General Mountain
41 | Maes, Sylvere | BEL | General
40 | Graczyck, Jean | FRA | General Points
40 | Merckx, Eddy | BEL | General Mountain

Update: Lucien Van Impe, Jan Ullrich, Julio Jimenez Munoz & Eddy Merckx didn’t always wear a jersey when they lead the classification. 

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Fifth stage win for Sagan in Tour as reigning world champion

Peter Sagan won his fifth stage as reigning world champion in the Tour de France. Only Eddy Merckx won more Tour stages as reigning world champion: 8.

He’s the first rider to win a stage in three different Tours as reigning world champion.

Most stage wins as reigning world champion in the Tour
8 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
5 | Bernard Hinault | FRA
5 1 | Georges Speicher | FRA
5 | Peter Sagan | SVK
3 | Jan Raas | NED
3 | Mark Cavendish | GBR
3 | Eloi Meulenberg | BEL
2 | Thor Hushovd | NOR
2 | Louison Bobet | FRA
2 | Marcel Kint | BEL
2 | Gerrie Knetemann | NED
1 | Ercole Baldini | ITA
1 | Hennie Kuiper | NED
1 | Stan Ockers | BEL
1 | Jan Janssen | NED
1 | André Darrigade | FRA
1 | Benoni Beheyt | BEL
1 | Oscar Freire Gomez | SPA

Most yellow jerseys as reigning world champion in the Tour
27 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
20 | Bernard Hinault | FRA
7 | Thor Hushovd | NOR
6 | Louison Bobet | FRA
4 | Tom Boonen | BEL
4 | Peter Sagan | SVK
2 | Greg Lemond | USA
1 | Cadel Evans | AUS
1 | Gerrie Knetemann | NED
1 | Georges Speicher | FRA

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Sixteenth stage win for Sagan in Suisse

Peter Sagan has won his sixteenth stage in the Tour de Suisse. The Slovakian extend his record of the most stage wins in the race.

Most stage wins Tour de Suisse
16 | Peter Sagan | SVK
11 | Fabian Cancellara | SUI
11 | Hugo Koblet | SUI
11 | Ferdi Kubler | SUI
9 | Roger de Vlaeminck | BEL
9 | Urs Freuler | SUI
9 | Michel Pollentier | BEL
8 | Franco Bitossi | ITA
8 | Erik Zabel | DUI
7 | Robbie McEwen | AUS

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Sagan first reigning World Champion since Hinault to win Paris-Roubaix

Peter Sagan is the first reigning World champion since Bernard Hinault in 1981 to win Paris-Roubaix. He’s the sixth reigning World champion to win in Roubaix.

Reigning World champions with victory in Paris-Roubaix
2018 | Peter Sagan | SVK
1981 | Bernard Hinault | FRA
1978 | Francesco Moser | ITA
1968 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
1962 | Rik van Looy | BEL
1961 | Rik van Looy | BEL
1943 | Marcel Kint | BEL