The Grand Depart of the 101st Tour de France will begin tomorrow in Leeds - marking the iconic event's fourth visit to England.

Le Tour last held stages in England in 1974, 1994 and 2007, and in this year's race, two stages (Leeds-Harrogate and York-Sheffield) will be in the UK, for a total of 391.5km.

Tour de France 2014 Stage 2 route map
Tour de France 2014 Stage 2 route map
 

Here's a guide to Le Tour in numbers -  the races, the winners and the fastest time trials:

THE CYCLISTS

  • Appearances: the Australian Stuart O’Grady and the American George Hincapie are the two cyclists who have the record number of Tour appearances, 17 each in total. O’Grady completed 15 tours out of 17, while Hincapie completed just 13.
  • Shortest Winning Margin: In 1989, Greg LeMond beat Laurent Fignon by just eight seconds.
  • Largest Winning MargIn: the first edition of the Tour in 1903 saw the largest margin between 1st and 2nd in the ranking: 2h 59m 45s divided Maurice Garin and Lucien Pothier.
    - Context: we are discounting the early days of the Tour the race was scored on a points system, not time. Since the peloton strategy came in the winning margins are now shorter.
  • Most stage wins (Cyclist): the Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx won the highest number of stages, 34, in five Tours, between 1969 and 1974. His record is followed by Bernard Hinault with 18 stages won, and the British cyclist Mark Cavendish, with 25 victorious stages.
  • Most stage wins (Country): France has won 691 stages, followed by Belgium with 467, and Italy with 258. In this ranking, the UK is in 9th position with 55 stages won.
  • Longest winning time: In 1926, the Belgian Lucien Buysse ended the Tour de France with a total time of 238h 44’ 25”, winning 2 stages out of 17.
  • Shortest winner time: Lance Armstrong won and concluded the 2002 Tour de France in 82h 05’ 12”. However after the doping scandal that saw the American cyclist be disqualified, the record went to British cyclist Chris Froome, who won the Tour with a total time of 83h 56’ 20” last year.
  • Tour winner with the most stages won: the Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx won the highest number of stages in a single edition of the Tour, in 1970 and 1974. He won 8 stages.
  • Tour winners with no individual stage wins: In 100 editions of the Tour de France the overall yellow jersey winner has won no stages on just six occasions. The most recent was in 2006, where the spanish Oscar Pereiro won the Tour without winning a stage.
  • Fastest stage: the record for the fastest stage is of the Italian cyclist Mario Cipollini that in 1999 won the stage in Blois with an impressive speed average of 50.4km/h.
  • Fastest time trial: the american cyclist Greg Lemond won the tour final time trial into Paris in 1989 with a speed average of 54.55Km/h. That’s why they used to call him “LeMonster”.
    Greg Lemond stole Tour de France glory from Laurent Fignon
    Greg Lemond stole Tour de France glory from Laurent Fignon
     
  • Fastest prologue: the “Mr Prologue” Chris Boardman rode the fastest during the 1994 prologue stage Lille-Euralille, with an average speed of 55.2km/h.
  • Fastest Climb: the Italian cyclist Marco Pantani made history in 1997 climbing the famous Alpe d’Huez with an average speed of 23.1km/h

LE TOUR

  • Longest Tour (Km): The longest Tour ever in km was in 1926 where the cyclists had to cover 5745 km.
  • Shortest Tour (Km): The shortest Tour ever in km was in its second edition, 1904, where the cyclists had to cover just 2420 km
  • Longest Tour (stages): in 1937, the Tour had 20 stages plus 11 half stages, for a total of 25.5 stages.
  • Shortest Tour (stages): in 1903 and in 1904 the Tour had just six stages.
  • Highest winning average speed: in 2005, Lance Armstrong won the Tour with a total speed average of 41.6 km/h. Discounting Armstrong, the fastest was the Spanish Pereiro with 40.8km/h in 2006.
    Lance Armstrong
    Lance Armstrong
     
  • Lowest winning average speed: in 1919 the Belgian cyclist Lambot won the Tour with an average speed of 24.1km/h
  • Highest number of participants: in 1986, 210 cyclists started the Tour de France
  • Lowest number of participants: in 1903, 1904 and 1934 just 60 cyclists started the Tour.
  • Highest number of finishers: in 2010, 170 cyclists finished last stage in Paris
  • Lowest number of finishers: in 1919, just 10 cyclists completed all the stages of the Tour.
  • Times in a foreign country: In the history of the Tour, the Grand Départ took place away from France on 15 occasions
  • 38 times the Tour has started and ended in Paris
  • In a century of the Tour de France 13994 cyclists ran the most prestigious cycling competition in the world.

Fancy some more Tour de France trivia? Click the links below:

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Tour de France Yorkshire 2014: 15 memorable moments from the Tour's history

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And test your knowledge with our quizzes:

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Find out what time Le Tour is in Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Calderdale and Leeds

Check out Le Tour route though our area in pictures here

Click here to see which Huddersfield and Holmfirth roads are closed for Le Tour and what parking restrictions are in place

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