areppim spread chart and statistics of Tour de France winners' performance. The fastest rider ever in terms of overall speed was Pereiro, from Spain, who won the 2006 Tour de France with an overall speed of 41 km/h — more precisely 40.784 km/h . But other 3 riders: Armstrong, Sastre and Aimar  exceeded the 40 km/h mark. Still a few other: Pantani, Froome, Bradley, Evans, Contador, Ullrich and Riis got very close of the 40km/h benchmark, with overall speeds between 39.23 km/h and 39.96 km/h mark.

Tour de France champions are in a class of their own. Think what you may of their physical endowments, coaching, team support, or pharmaceutical and medical backing, the fact remains that they achieve phenomenal performances. In the course of their winning enrollments, they completed on average a total distance of 7,274 km at the overall speed of 33.19 km/h. Armstrong topped all other riders achieving a cumulative distance of 24,679 km or almost twice the diameter of the earth, at an overall speed of 40.72 km/h.

The fastest rider ever in terms of overall speed was Pereiro, from Spain, who won the 2006 Tour de France with an overall speed of 41 km/h — more precisely 40.784 km/h . But other 3 riders: Armstrong, Sastre and Aimar exceeded the 40 km/h mark. Still a few other: Pantani, Froome, Bradley, Evans, Contador, Ullrich and Riis got very close of the 40km/h benchmark, with overall speeds between 39.23 km/h and 39.96 km/h mark. All are represented by red dots in the chart. The slowest rider was Firmin Lambot from Belgium, the winner of the 1919 and of the 1922 Tour de France, totaling 10,935 km, at the overall speed of 24.13 km/h.

The common person would be hard-pressed to match even Lambot's supposedly modest show. But nobody should feel belittled — it is difficult to tell to what extent such super-human performance should be credited to the individual athlete, instead of the efficiency of EPO, Cera, Clenbuterol, Ephedrine and other energy boosters that most riders help themselves with. After all, 38 "yellow jersey" or 79.2% of all winners, and 300 or 62.5% of the top ten Tour finishers have been nicked by the anti-doping controls. That is what competition sports are all about.

 

Tour de France winners, 1903-2016
Total distance completed & overall average speed

First name

Last name

Nation

Number of wins

Total hours

Total distance (km)

Overall speed (km/h)

LucienAimarFrance1117:34:214,32940.43
JacquesAnquetilFrance5612:57:4921,98235.86
LanceArmstrongUnited States7606:00:2024,67940.72
FedericoBahamontesSpain1123:46:454,35835.47
GinoBartaliItaly2295:39:489,61632.52
Louis "Louison"BobetFrance3399:58:5613,62734.07
OttavioBottecchiaItaly2445:28:3910,86524.39
WigginsBradleyUnited Kingdom187:34:473,48839.83
LucienBuysseBelgium1238:44:255,74524.27
AlbertoContadorSpain3268:47:4910,67139.70
FaustoCoppiItaly2301:38:099,70632.18
HenriCornetFrance196:05:562,42825.27
MauriceDe WaeleBelgium1186:39:165,28628.32
OdileDefrayeBelgium1190:30:285,28927.76
PedroDelgadoSpain184:27:533,28638.91
CadelEvansAustralia186:12:223,43039.79
FrançoisFaberLuxembourg1157:01:224,49728.66
LaurentFignonFrance2217:11:327,83036.05
NicolasFrantzLuxembourg2391:05:4010,87427.80
ChristopherFroomeUnited Kingdom3257:33:2310,29339.96
MauriceGarinFrance194:33:002,42825.68
GustaveGarrigouFrance1195:37:005,34327.32
CharlyGaulLuxembourg1116:59:054,31936.92
FeliceGimondiItaly1116:42:064,18835.89
BernardHinaultFrance5513:17:3719,04237.10
MiguelIndurainSpain5494:11:3619,22438.90
JanJanssenNetherlands1133:49:324,49233.56
HugoKobletSwitzerland1142:20:144,69032.95
FerdiKüblerSwitzerland1145:36:464,77332.78
FirminLambotBelgium2453:15:2110,93524.13
RogerLapebieFrance1138:58:314,41531.77
OctaveLapizeFrance1162:41:304,73429.10
AndréLeducqFrance2326:25:159,30128.49
GregLemondUnited States3288:57:1410,88337.66
RomainMaesBelgium1141:23:004,33830.65
SylvèreMaesBelgium2274:50:498,66631.53
AntoninMagneFrance2324:24:019,56129.47
LucienMazan aka Petit-BretonFrance2315:38:348,97628.44
EddyMerckxBelgium5557:07:2119,92335.76
GastoneNenciniItaly1112:08:424,17337.21
VincenzoNibaliItaly189:59:063,660.540.68
LuisOcanaSpain1122:25:344,09033.41
MarcoPantaniItaly192:49:463,87539.98
HenriPelissierFrance1222:15:305,38624.23
OscarPereiroSpain189:39:303,65740.78
RogerPingeonFrance1136:53:504,77934.76
RenéPottierFrance1189:34:004,63724.46
BjarneRiisDenmark195:57:163,76539.23
JeanRobicFrance1148:11:254,64231.41
StephenRocheIreland1115:27:424,23136.65
CarlosSastreSpain187:52:523,56040.49
LéonScieurBelgium1221:50:265,48524.72
GeorgesSpeicherFrance1147:51:374,39529.82
BernardThévenetFrance2230:14:018,09635.16
PhilippeThysBelgium3626:59:0116,17025.79
LouisTrousselierFrance1110:26:582,99427.11
JanUllrichGermany1100:30:353,95039.24
LucienVan ImpeBelgium1116:22:234,01734.52
RogerWalkowiakFrance1124:01:164,49836.27
JoopZoetemelkNetherlands1109:19:143,84235.14
Median    4,71233.81
Maximum    24,67940.78
Minimum    2,42824.13
Average    7,27433.19

 

Sources: Le Tour de France and Le Dico du Tour

 

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