The Longest Tour from Tour de France Facts
Tour de France Facts
The Longest Tour
The longest Tour de France was held in 1926. It was a total of 5,745 km (That’s over 3,500 miles.) according to the Tour’s website. The route traced the borders of France and it was the first time the tour had started outside of Paris.
Cheating Was a Major Issue
Maurice Garin is known for his 1903 win in the first Tour de France. But he is better known for being stripped of his second title in 1904 for cheating along with the following three competitors. Riders were notorious for cheating. They would get tows from cars, spread broken glass and nails in the road, or spike each other's drinks.
Demonstrations Are Held
Because the Tour de France offers a grand stage, it is often interrupted by demonstrations. Everything from steel workers striking in 1982, to last week’s topless protest against FGM.
Known as the devil or 'El Diablo', Didi Senft, a German bicycle designer, has become an unofficial mascot at the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. He has been dressed in his red devil costume since 1993 painting his trident on the road. Senft has also created a number of oversized and eccentric bicycles including one for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Everyone has to pee at some point during over five hours of cycling a day. So competitors have an unwritten agreement to take collective pees so that no one passes anyone else unfairly during the 'pauses pipi'.
'King of Mountain' Jersey
The King of the Mountains (leader of performance on mountain climbs) gets to wear the Polka Dot Jersey. The first sponsor of this white jersey with red polka dots, which was introduced in 1975, was a chocolate maker called Poulain, which used red and white for its branding.