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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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Tour de France rest day analysis

After nine stages the Tour de France has the first rest day today. Time for us to analyze the first days of this Tour de France.

Recap

The Tour started with a stage win of Fernando Gaviria. The Colombian of Quick Step took the win in the first stage he started in the Tour, just like Fabian Cancellara in 2004. Big favourites Froome, Porte and Quintana lose some time to the other favourites due to bad luck. A day later Peter Sagan shows that he’s the best when it’s a little bit hilly. The world champion also took the yellow jersey for the second time in his career.

The first real contention for the favourites was the team time trial on stage 3. BMC won the stage and Greg Van Avermaet takes the yellow jersey over from Peter Sagan. The team of the favourites Movistar (Quintana, Landa & Valverde), Bahrain – Merida (Nibali), AG2R-La Mondiale (Romain Bardet) lose almost a minute on the rest of the favourites.

The two days after the time trial was a copy of the first two days, besides that Greg Van Avermaet holds the yellow jersey. Fernando Gaviria won stage 4 in the sprint, and stage 5 was a little bit hilly so Sagan took the victory. Stage 6 goes to Mur de Bretagne were Irishmen and former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Daniel Martin took the win with an attack two kilometres from the finish line.

Stage 7 and 8 go to Dylan Groenewegen. The Dutchmen, who won the last stage in last years Tour de France, has bad legs during the first stages but show us why he’s winning so much this season. He proved that at this moment he’s the fastest sprinter in the pack.

Yesterday, John Degenkolb won the stage at Roubaix. The German, who had won Paris-Roubaix in 2015, defeated yellow jersey Greg Van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert in the sprint after escaping from the pack at 20 kilometres from the finish line. Richie Porte has to quit because of a broken collarbone at the beginning of the stage.

Comings days

The Tour goes further in the Alps. Tomorrow they have a finish in Le Grand-Bornand after the downhill of the Col de la Colombière. A day later, a short 108,5-kilometre stage to La Rosière Espace San Bernardo and the last in the Alps is to L’Alpe d’Huez, with during the stage the Col de la Madeleine and the Col de la Croix de Fer.

Favourites

After the first nine days, the favourites except for Tejay van Garderen and Richie Porte stand a minute and a half from each other. The next three days will decide who has a chance to make it to the podium in Paris and who goes for stage wins at week 3.

A few riders have suffered a crash during the stage to Roubaix, with Rigoberto Uran and Mikel Landa Meana as hardest victims. Also, Bauke Mollema has crashed and woke up today with pain in his back.

***** –
**** Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali
*** Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Tom Dumoulin
** Geraint Thomas, Romain Bardet, Rafal Majka, Jakob Fuglsang
* Adam Yates, Mikel Landa, Primoz Roglic, Bauke Mollema, Steven Kruijswijk, Rigoberto Uran

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John Degenkolb completes his trilogy

John Degenkolb has completes his trilogy with stage wins in all three Grand Tours. After one stage in the Giro and ten in La Vuelta, he won today his first Tour de France stage.

Riders with stage win in all Grand Tours
# | Rider | Nat | Giro | Tour | Vuelta | First | Last
65 | Merckx, Eddy | BEL | 25 | 34 | 6 | 1967 | 1975
57 | Cipollini, Mario | ITA | 42 | 12 | 3 | 1989 | 2003
48 | Cavendish, Mark | GBR | 15 | 30 | 3 | 2008 | 2016
48 | Petacchi, Alessandro | ITA | 22 | 6 | 20 | 2000 | 2011
41 | Hinault, Bernard | FRA | 6 | 28 | 7 | 1978 | 1986
37 | van Looy, Rik | BEL | 12 | 7 | 18 | 1958 | 1969
35 | Maertens, Freddy | BEL | 7 | 15 | 13 | 1976 | 1981
27 | Basso, Marino | ITA | 15 | 6 | 6 | 1966 | 1977
27 | Moser, Francesco | ITA | 23 | 2 | 2 | 1973 | 1986
26 | Bontempi, Guido | ITA | 16 | 6 | 4 | 1981 | 1993
26 | Poblet Orriols, Miguel | SPA | 20 | 3 | 3 | 1955 | 1961
25 | Jalabert, Laurent | FRA | 3 | 4 | 18 | 1992 | 2001
25 | van Steenbergen, Rik | BEL | 15 | 4 | 6 | 1949 | 1957
24 | de Vlaeminck, Roger | BEL | 22 | 1 | 1 | 1970 | 1984
23 | Anquetil, Jacques | FRA | 6 | 16 | 1 | 1957 | 1964
22 | Greipel, Andre | GER | 7 | 11 | 4 | 2008 | 2017
22 | Van Poppel, Jean-Paul | NED | 4 | 9 | 9 | 1986 | 1994
21 | Karstens, Gerben | NED | 1 | 6 | 14 | 1965 | 1976
21 | Rominger, Toni | SUI | 5 | 3 | 13 | 1988 | 1996
19 | Kittel, Marcel | GER | 4 | 14 | 1 | 2011 | 2017
18 | Altig, Rudi | GER | 4 | 8 | 6 | 1962 | 1969
18 | Defilippis, Nino | ITA | 9 | 7 | 2 | 1952 | 1964
16 | Magni, Fiorenzo | ITA | 6 | 7 | 3 | 1948 | 1955
15 | Abduzhaparov, Djamolidine | UZB | 1 | 7 | 7 | 1992 | 1996
15 | Bugno, Gianni | ITA | 9 | 4 | 2 | 1988 | 1998
15 | Gimondi, Felice | ITA | 7 | 7 | 1 | 1965 | 1976
15 | van Linden, Rik | BEL | 9 | 4 | 2 | 1972 | 1978
14 | Fuente Lavandera, Jose-Manuel | SPA | 9 | 2 | 3 | 1971 | 1974
14 | Hushovd, Thor | NOR | 1 | 10 | 3 | 2002 | 2011
14 | Nibali, Vincenzo | ITA | 7 | 5 | 2 | 2010 | 2017
14 | Rodriguez Oliver, Joaquin | SPA | 2 | 3 | 9 | 2003 | 2015
14 | Wust, Marcel | GER | 1 | 1 | 12 | 1995 | 2000
14 | Zulle, Alex | SUI | 3 | 2 | 9 | 1993 | 2000
13 | Baffi, Pierino | ITA | 4 | 5 | 4 | 1955 | 1963
13 | Fignon, Laurent | FRA | 2 | 9 | 2 | 1983 | 1992
13 | Froome, Christopher | GBR | 1 | 7 | 5 | 2011 | 2018
13 | Godefroot, Walter | BEL | 1 | 10 | 2 | 1967 | 1975
13 | Koblet, Hugo | SUI | 7 | 5 | 1 | 1950 | 1956
13 | Planckaert, Eddy | BEL | 1 | 2 | 10 | 1981 | 1989
13 | Reybroeck, Guido | BEL | 3 | 6 | 4 | 1965 | 1970
13 | Thurau, Dietrich | GER | 2 | 6 | 5 | 1976 | 1979
13 | Valverde Belmonte, Alejandro | SPA | 1 | 3 | 9 | 2003 | 2016
12 | Jimenez Munoz, Julio | SPA | 4 | 5 | 3 | 1964 | 1968
12 | Degenkolb, John | DUI | 1 | 1 | 10 | 2012 | 2018
12 | Minali, Nicola | ITA | 2 | 3 | 7 | 1994 | 1998
11 | Bahamontes, Federico Martin | SPA | 1 | 7 | 3 | 1957 | 1964
11 | Bennati, Daniele | ITA | 3 | 2 | 6 | 2007 | 2012
11 | Blijlevens, Jeroen | NED | 2 | 4 | 5 | 1995 | 1999
11 | Lasa Orguia, Miguel-Maria | SPA | 3 | 2 | 6 | 1970 | 1981
11 | Simoni, Gilberto | ITA | 8 | 1 | 2 | 2000 | 2007
11 | van Impe, Lucien | BEL | 1 | 9 | 1 | 1972 | 1983
10 | Carlesi, Guido | ITA | 7 | 2 | 1 | 1958 | 1965
10 | Millar, David | GBR | 1 | 4 | 5 | 2000 | 2012
10 | Sels, Ward | BEL | 1 | 7 | 2 | 1964 | 1969
10 | Stablinski, Jean | FRA | 2 | 5 | 3 | 1957 | 1967
10 | Ullrich, Jan | GER | 1 | 7 | 2 | 1996 | 2006
9 | Gilbert, Philippe | BEL | 3 | 1 | 5 | 2009 | 2015
8 | Baldato, Fabio | ITA | 4 | 2 | 2 | 1993 | 2003
8 | Bernard, Jean-Francois | FRA | 4 | 3 | 1 | 1986 | 1990
8 | Bettini, Paolo | ITA | 2 | 1 | 5 | 2000 | 2008
8 | Dumoulin, Tom | NED | 4 | 2 | 2 | 2015 | 2018
8 | Herrera Herrera, Luis-Alberto | COL | 3 | 3 | 2 | 1984 | 1992
8 | Lejarreta Arrizabalaga, Marino | SPA | 2 | 1 | 5 | 1982 | 1991
8 | Marie, Thierry | FRA | 1 | 6 | 1 | 1986 | 1992
8 | Matthews, Michael | AUS | 2 | 3 | 3 | 2013 | 2017
8 | Menchov, Denis | RUS | 2 | 1 | 5 | 2004 | 2012
8 | Ruiz Navarette, Bernardo | SPA | 1 | 2 | 5 | 1948 | 1955
7 | Breukink, Erik | NED | 2 | 4 | 1 | 1987 | 1992
7 | Gonzalez Jimenez, Aitor | SPA | 3 | 1 | 3 | 2002 | 2004
7 | Gualazzini, Ercole | ITA | 4 | 2 | 1 | 1969 | 1977
7 | Svorada, Jan | CZE | 2 | 2 | 3 | 1995 | 2001
7 | Trentin, Matteo | ITA | 1 | 2 | 4 | 2013 | 2017
6 | Aru, Fabio | ITA | 3 | 1 | 2 | 2014 | 2017
6 | Battaglin, Giovanni | ITA | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1975 | 1981
6 | Benedetti, Rino | ITA | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1952 | 1962
6 | Cubino Gonzalez, Laudelino | SPA | 2 | 1 | 3 | 1987 | 1995
6 | Farrar, Tyler | USA | 2 | 1 | 3 | 2009 | 2011
6 | Ghirotto, Massimo | ITA | 3 | 2 | 1 | 1988 | 1994
6 | Konychev, Dmitri | RUS | 4 | 1 | 1 | 1993 | 2000
6 | Mottet, Charly | FRA | 1 | 3 | 2 | 1986 | 1991
6 | Piepoli, Leonardo | ITA | 3 | 1 | 2 | 2004 | 2008
6 | Pollentier, Michel | BEL | 1 | 3 | 2 | 1974 | 1984
5 | Lastras Garcia, Pablo | SPA | 1 | 1 | 3 | 2001 | 2011
5 | Lopez Carrill, Vicente | SPA | 1 | 3 | 1 | 1971 | 1976
5 | Millar, Robert | GBR | 1 | 3 | 1 | 1983 | 1989
5 | Quintana Rojas, Nairo Alexander | COL | 3 | 1 | 1 | 2013 | 2017
5 | Skibby, Jesper | DEN | 1 | 1 | 3 | 1989 | 1995
5 | Utchakov, Sergei | UKR | 2 | 1 | 2 | 1993 | 1999
4 | Elliott, Seamus | IRL | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1960 | 1963
4 | Gerrans, Simon | AUS | 1 | 2 | 1 | 2008 | 2013
4 | Rincon Quintana, Oliveiro | COL | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1993 | 1996
3 | de Gendt, Thomas | BEL | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2012 | 2017
3 | Garate Cepa, Juan-Manuel | SPA | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2001 | 2009
3 | Hamilton, Tyler | USA | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2002 | 2004
3 | Zabriskie, David | USA | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2004 | 2005

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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