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The official startlist of the Grand Boucle:

Le Tour in pills

Stages:  21 stages from 26 June to 18 July.

6 mountain stages; 5 hilly stages; 8 flat stages; 2 individual time-trial.

Two rest days (1 after stage 9 and one after stage 15)

Distance:  3,418 kilometers (2,124 miles) – the longest tour was in 1926 at 5,745 kilometers (3,570 miles).

Longest stage: Stage 7 – Vierzon to Le Creusot – 249.5 km

Most elevation gained on a stage:  Stage 11 – 4570m (14,993’)

Highest point on the 2021 TdF: will be Port d’Envalira at 2408m.

This is the 108th Tour de France since its first edition in 1903.

HC & Category Climb: There are 5 HC climbs in this years Tour de France,  11 Cat 1, 9 Cat 2, 10 Cat 3 and 23 Cat 4 climbs. There are a total of 58 categorized climbs in this the 2021 TdF.

Three mountain top finishes: Stage 9:  Montee de Tignes (2113m; the first time Tignes will be featured in the TdF), Stage 17:  Col du Portet (HC; 2215m; making its second appearance in the TdF), Stage 18:  Luz-Ardiden (HC; 1715m). The 2021 Tour includes two ascents of Mont Ventoux on 7 July – first from Salt, then the traditional route from Bédoin.  This is the first time in the history of the TdF that two climbs of Mont Ventoux will occur.

The most famous climbs of the 2021 Tour de France:  Mont Ventoux and Col du Tourmalet 

Historical Tour de France facts of interest:

Most TdF wins: Five – Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961-1964), Eddy Merckx (1969-1972, 1974), Bernard Hinault (1978-1979, 1981-1982, 1985), Miguel Indurain (1991-1995). Four – Chris Froome (2013, 2015-2017

Most days wearing the yellow jersey: Merckx (96), followed by Hinault (75).

Most stage wins:  34 (Merckx), 30 (Mark Cavendish), and 28 (Hinault).

Country wearing the yellow jersey most: France (709), followed by Belgium (434).

Winning TdF in first appearance: 11 between 1903 – 1983 but none since Laurent Fignon (1983), until  2020 when Tadej Pogačar won the race.  

King of the Mountains – Mountain Classification victories (first recognised in 1933; jersey introduced 1975):Six times, Frederico Bahamontes ( 1954, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964).  Three times:  Bahamontes, Louis Herrera. Twice: Fausto Coppi, Charly Gaul, Lucien Van Impe, Claudio Chiappucci

Climb most often featured in the Tour:  Tourmalet – 84 times

Least finishers:  10 in 1919.

Shortest margin of victory:  8 seconds, Greg Lemond over Laurent Fignon in 1989 (Lemond overcame 50 seconds in the final time trial using aero bars for the first time in the TdF).

Prize money

The Tour de France prize money for the 2021 race will reach a total of €2,228,450.

The Tour de France winner earns 500,000 Euro with lesser amounts to other riders up to the top 160 position. Each stage winner will collect 11,000 Euro and some money will be given up to the top 20.


In addition, the Daily prize for holder of Yellow Jersey from the 2nd to the 21st stage gets an additional daily 500 Euro.

POINTS CLASSIFICATION (total prizes 128,000 Euro):

In addition, the daily prize for holder of green jersey from the 2nd to the 21st stage gets an additional daily 300 Euro

BEST CLIMBER CLASSIFICATION (total prizes 108,700 Euro)

Final general classification

In addition, the daily prize for holder of white and red polka-dotted jersey from the 2nd to the 21st stage gets an additional daily 300 Euro

YOUNG RIDER CLASSIFICATION (total prizes 66,500 Euro)

In addition, the daily prize for holder of white jersey from the 2nd to the 21st stage gets an additional daily 300 Euro

TEAM CLASSIFICATION (total prizes 178,800 Euro)



Riders traditionally pool all their prize money, with one rider in each designated as the team accountant. A share of prize money is also given to the working team staff. Teams and sponsors also award special performance bonuses but the amounts are rarely made public. Success in the Tour de France is rewarded by bigger and better contracts for the following seasons with a Tour de France winner likely to earn between three and five million a season.

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