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# of tour riders.(25 posts)

# of tour riders.Len J
Jul 9, 2002 4:19 AM
At the end of yesterdays OLN broadcast, Phil made the comment that "Only 1,500 men have ever rode in the TDF during the 89 runnings".

Anyone know if this is true? This would mean that there are less than 20 new riders, on average, per year (assuming that the early years had less than 189). That, to me is an amazing statistic. It really makes just riding in the tour an amazing accomplishment.

I wonder how many men have finished the tour?

Len
Phil, as usual, is full of it...TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 5:50 AM
A quick glance at LeTour.com and export to MSExcel shows that France alone has sent 1,814 riders to the Tour- granted that's probably the most from any single country.
Amazingly though, 29 Americans...TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 5:56 AM
Can anybody name them all without cheating?
I'll bet Bob Roll can and Bill Patrick can't - nmMcAndrus
Jul 9, 2002 7:38 AM
Thanks, I thought that sounded low. nmLen J
Jul 9, 2002 5:57 AM
Are you sure that's not 1,814 appearances by a French rider?Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 9, 2002 6:56 AM
If you get my meaning.

Alex
Yes,TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 7:03 AM
The number of appearances by a French rider was something like 4,600.
Phil, as usual, is full of it...mr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 7:41 AM
The actual quote I heard was more like "Probably 1500 riders, I think." He was certainly a lot closer than most of us would guess.
Phil, as usual, is full of it...TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 7:43 AM
I didn't hear the quote- just working off the info in the post. But 1500 wouldn't really be that close; I suspect with every country tallied up it would be at least double that.
more importantly... how many podium girls over the years? nmSpirito
Jul 9, 2002 8:03 AM
I can do that math...TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 8:05 AM
Lets see, ten per stage (two for each jersey, plus two for the stage winner), times 21 stages, times 89 years, is approximately 18,690 participations by podium girls, but some have probably 'participated' more than once...
math is hardmr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 8:21 AM
You couldn't be more wrong. Again. :)

You're assuming that they had podium girls for 89 years. I don't know otherwise, but I imagine that isn't true.

The points, mountain, and young rider jerseys don't go back 89 years. The young rider jersey certainly isn't that old. The mountains jersey came in in the 60's I believe, and the points jersey in the 50's.

Finally, the same girls are used throughout. The stage winner (red dress) seems to have a rotation of girls this year, but the jersey girls look to be the same. Last year, the stage winner was a gorgeous woman who supposedly was Moreau's girlfriend. Funny thing is, she saw Paris and he dropped out!
at least he aint a party pooper ;-) NmSpirito
Jul 9, 2002 8:28 AM
how many times has Hinault worn ties with short sleeve shirts?mr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 8:37 AM
not as many as he has long socks with garters ;-0 NmSpirito
Jul 9, 2002 8:39 AM
What does it take to be a podium girl?LeanneWilde
Jul 9, 2002 8:46 AM
That sounds like it might be a lot of fun. Any perks?

What do you boys think, could I make it?
WOW!! You got my vote.bnlkid
Jul 9, 2002 9:28 AM
Where did you find that picture?
C'mon, why are you torturing us. Is that really you? AH, help!Paul
Jul 9, 2002 10:32 AM
we need you to get to the bottom of this. do we really have a super model on this board?
C'mon, why are you torturing us. Is that really you? AH, help!LeanneWilde
Jul 9, 2002 11:59 AM
You boys are too kind. I need to lose 20 pounds though.
What does it take to be a podium girl?loop
Jul 9, 2002 11:50 AM
Perks, hell! You can be the first Mrs. Chuck Jones if you want. It ain't much but I'll get you a mansion and bentley to go with it.
What does it take to be a podium girl?LeanneWilde
Jul 9, 2002 12:03 PM
With a mansion and a bentley I would prefer Charles not Chuck. LOL But I am just an outdoor person at heart and prefer the simple things in life.
Actually "Chuck" is using my loginloop
Jul 9, 2002 12:06 PM
While we goof off at work. He wouldn't know what to do with a Bentley anyhow--he's a hillbilly from a "holler up in them thar hills" in Apalachia. Nice guy, but a few chromosomes shy of a full set!

Simple, however, could work for him!

Scott
if im not mistakenkomatiite
Jul 9, 2002 9:12 AM
Phil said that 2003 would be the 100th year of the Tour,
making this year the 99th, not the 89th. just a minor [?] detail...
Yes, minor,TJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 9:20 AM
It will be the 100th anniversary, but only the 90th Tour, as no Tours were run during the World Wars.
if im not mistakenPhatMatt
Jul 9, 2002 9:23 AM
There were some years during the war the race was not ran. I think 2003 is the 100th year since it started.