Have you ever wondered whether its too late for you to be a professional rider? Assumed the reason you can't keep up with the club run must be because you're too old? or even thought at what age could you become a pro?
We've been looking back at the Tour's history to find out some interesting facts and stats
- Henri Cornet is the youngest winner of the Tour de France. In 1904 he won at the age of just 19. There is a little controversy around his win, as he was the winner only after the 4 riders in front of him were disqualified for cheating. But in our eyes a win is a win!
- Firmin Lambot is the oldest ever winner of the Tour de France. He was 36 when he won in 1922.
- The average age of the Tour de France winners since it started is 28
- The oldest rider in the 2015 Tour de France is the Italian Matteo Tosatto, he is 41.
- Out of all the tours, the French have won the most tours at 36 wins. Belgium is second with 18 and Spain third with 12.
- The most tours won by one person is 5 (this was 7 until Lance Armstrong's wins were discounted) There are 4 riders who hold this record, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Indurain is the only rider to have won his in 5 consecutive years, winning from 1991-1995.
Lets see whether GB get another win in the #TDF2015