The Economist Tour de France Chart
The Economist shows how France faces an uphill climb to reclaim its race…
As the Tour de France celebrates its 100th anniversary with the team time trial today in Nice, you can see how big and important the Tour, initially conceived as a publicity stunt to increase sales of L’Auto newspaper in 1903, has become when you see articles appear in the likes of The Economist…
Their daily chart is dedicated to the Tour de France. It shows how in the beginning the Tour was dominated by France and the Benelux nations until the second world war, but has since grown into a truly global competition. In recent years cyclists from all over the world have claimed top five finishes, with most recently English speaking riders, from the USA, Australia and Britain coming first.
This increased competition has resulted in France undergoing its longest wait for a winner; it has not claimed the General Classification since 1985, though it still boasts the most GC victories, with 36 wins.
Here is The Economist’s chart:
Today’s Team Time Trial was won by Orica Green EDGE which puts yesterday’s stage winner, Simon Gerrans, into Yellow. The Australian team beat Omega Pharma Quick Step by 1 second and SKY were 3 seconds behind the winners.
If you had the Bkool turbo system you could ride the full team time trial course in your home…