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Tour de France stages 1-21: It takes a team to win the Tour

After completing all 21 stages, the riders have traveled 3,529 km through Switzerland, France, Spain, and Andorra to complete the 103rd Tour de France this year – these are the data stories from the Tour de France 2016.

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Tour de France stages 1-21: It takes a team to win the Tour

  1. 1. Vive le teamwork! After completing all 21 stages of the greatest cycling race in the world, the riders have travelled 3,529 km through Switzerland, France, Spain, and Andorra to complete the 103rd Tour de France this year. Here’s a look at some of the stories powered by data we’ve collected on their dramatic journey to the finish line in Paris and … why it takes a team to win the Tour. Stages 1-21 Individual team members beat the clock Journey of the Yellow Jersey Our team’s mobile office The big data truck is parked in the Tour de France technical zone and is where our technical and social media teams worked every day of the event. Teams can conquer mountains Surviving the Alps average climbing speed of all riders in the Alps Froome’s (SKY) average climbing speed in the Alps average climbing speed of slowest rider in the Alps 59’ 23” slower than Froome (SKY) Working together, the 22 teams representing 13 nationalities and 5 continents have conquered: Slowest stage (stage 18) 29.58 km/h Fastest stage (stage 11) 46.65 km/h highest average speed of all riders on a stage average speed of all riders Teamwork beats the rest Average speed on each stage by classification 8,500 m total elevation of categorised climbs in the Alps 24.05 km/h 26.35 km/h 21.59 km Stage 13 Stage 18 Froome (SKY) outperformed Dumoulin (TGA) by 1.13% 39.87 km/h 17 km fastest average speed of winner distance travelled (mountain) Christopher Froome (SKY) 37.5 km 44.78 km/h distance travelled (flat) Dumoulin (TGA) outperformed Froome (SKY) by 3.92% fastest average speed of winner Tom Dumoulin (TGA) 38.23 km/h average time-trial speed of Romain Bardet (ALM) Teams face danger together… the dreaded descents The stragglers are faster than the peloton – they generally descend faster than the other groups, who have more to lose. Danger of descents = crashes Teams go faster, together Michael Matthews, Daryl Impey and Luc de Bridge from Orica-BikeExchange (OBE) Matthews (OBE) won the stage Sprint finishes The final sprint to Paris 3photo finishes Best young rider @letourdata powered by Dimension Data Top 3 posts data visualisations on @letourdata 3.1. 2. 12,1 million impressions 15,900 likes 9,450 retweets For more information Watch this video to meet the global team who made it all happen on this year’s Tour de France. How the elements affect the speed on a stage 38.5% of stages ending in bunch sprint Peloton 4% faster on average than the breakaway in previous 50 km 15 km from finish line – average point where the break is caught on flat stages total distance travelled total hours spent on the road 4,892.5 km 80 hours 22 people 12 collaboration tools 10 TV screens 10 desks 20 chairs 12,600 m of cables rolled out over 21 stages 1 kitchenette 127,8 million total data records processed in the cloud 24-hour testing and development cycle so the solution kept up with the race 1 hail storm3 rain-drenched finishes80 km/h winds 1 sweltering day of 35˚C 175 riders still in the race (a new Tour de France record for highest number of finishers) 38.34 km/h  average speed of riders across 21 stages 39.6 km/h average speed 39.586 km/h average speed faster than runner-up Christopher Froome (SKY) 89h 06’ 01’’ Romain Bardet (ALM) Fastest and slowest teams There are other ways to achieve glory in the Tour de France. Team Dimension Data is ranked 22 overall but has won 5 stages. Slow and steady wins in this race Teams Time Gap Average speed km/h 1 Movistar Team 267h 20’ 45’ 39.60 2 Team Sky 267h 28’ 59’’ + 08’ 14’’ 39.58 3 BMC Racing Team 268h 08’ 56’’ + 48’ 11’’ 39.48 20 Fortuneo-Vital Concept 273h 34’ 03’’ + 06h 13’ 18’’ 38.70 21 Lotto Soudal 274h 16' 50'' + 06h 56’ 05’’ 38.60 22 Team Dimension Data 274h 38’ 57’’ + 07h 18’ 12’’ 38.55 Distance riders have climbed over 3 days in the Alps versus the rest of the Tour 03’ 31” time gained by Yellow Jersey just in individual time trials versus runner up, in the General Classification, Bardet (ALM) Froome’s show on the Col de Peyresourde % time spent in Yellow Jersey group Preparing the sprint On every flat stage, the peloton caught the breakaway to make sure the stage finished in a bunch sprint. When the break gets away with it Stage 10: Peloton tried to catch break but didn’t succeed Averagespeedkm/h Stage 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 15.00 10.00 5.00 0.00 1 2 3 4 5 6 1512 137 8 Flat Hilly Mountain Individual time trial 9 10 11 Hail on the final climb 43.5 km downhill Strong headwinds High crosswind speeds Very high temperaturesVery high temperatures the equivalent of 26Eiffel Towers 11 cm 59 km/h speed across the finish line between Mark Cavendish (DDD) and Andre Greipel (LTS) Stage 3 4 cm 52 km/h speed across the finish line between Marcel Kittel (EQS) and Bryan Coquard (DEN) Stage 4 9 cm 65 km/h speed across the finish line between Peter Sagan (TNK) and Alexander Kristoff (KAT) Stage 16 If the peloton only had 30 riders, on average 7 would be from Team Sky. Stage 8 Sets Froome up for his downhill attack on the descent of Col de Peyresourde. Stage 9 Dominates with 7 riders out of 34 in the lead at the penultimate climb. Stage 12 Keeps control on Mont Ventoux. Stage 16 Tackles final week of the race with all 9 riders remaining. Stage 11 Positions Froome perfectly to react to Sagan’s (TNK) attack on the last 12 km. Stage 17 Poels (SKY) responds and controls every attack on the Finhaut-Emosson. Stage 15 Annihilates every attack. Stage 21 Froome cruises to Yellow Jersey victory with the support of his team. Stages 19 and 20 Sets Froome up for Paris finalé despite crash. 14.88 km/h average speed on the climb Toughest mountain climb in the Alps Finhaut-Emosson | stage 17 | 10.4 km at 8.4% gradient Final km hardest at 12.3% gradient 53 C recorded at one point on the climb˚ Individual time trials Stage 12 Gerrans (OBE) Speed of the rider 56 km/h Broken collarbone Col des Trois Termes Stage 17 Bozic (COF) Speed of the rider 74 km/h Multiple wounds and abrasions Col des Mosses Stage 19 Froome (SKY) Speed of the rider 45 km/h Abrasions and cuts Domancy Stage 19 Navarro (COF) Speed of the rider 47 km/h Broken shoulder Domancy Alps Rest of the Tour 267 km 118 km Highest recorded average speed on a descent 69.31 km/h Kittel (EQS) Col du Tourmalet (stage 8) 51.54 km/h Average speed of riders on all descents   Fastest overall descents by rider group Col de la Forclaz – 5.4% (stage 17)   68.21 km/h | Breakaway 63.94 km/h | Yellow Jersey group 66.43 km/h | Stragglers Horquette d’Ancizan – 7.5% (stage 8)   60.98 km/h | Breakaway 58.67 km/h | Yellow Jersey group 59.05 km/h | Stragglers Col du Tourmalet – 6.8% (stage 8)   62.41 km/h | Breakaway 62.71 km/h | Yellow Jersey group 65.15 km/h | Stragglers Adam Yates (OBE) Emanuel Buchmann (BOA)Louis Meintjies (LAM) Percentagetimespent 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 30 20 10 0 To learn how we revolutionised the viewing experience of the Tour de France, visit Follow @dimensiondata Follow @didatasport 59 categorised climbs with 4summit finishes 3photo finishes (stages 3, 4, and 16) individual time trials 05h 59’ 54’’ longest time in the saddle (stage 3) 168 km average distance travelled each day (stages 1-21) Froome (SKY) hit a top speed of 91 km/h and gained 13" Riding through the Alps (distance versus % time spent) Climbing FlatsDescents 118 km 106 km 270 km 55% 12% 33% Stage winner: Andre Greipel (LTS) 64.5 km/h top speed in sprint to the finish line 1 André Greipel (LTS) 2 Peter Sagan (TNK) 3 Alexander Kristoff (KAT)