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The 2016 Tour de France in numbers

Josh Cunningham
29 Jun 2016

People, route, media, spectators, logistics...The Tour de France is big in every way, and these numbers confirm it.

People

  • 4,500 total (organisation, teams, media, partners, carvan, suppliers)
  • 198 riders (22 teams of 9 riders)
  • 300 staff members

2016 route

  • 3,535km (21 stages)
  • 4 countries visited (France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland)
  • 35 French departments visited
  • 38 host towns, including 16 first ever
  • 660 settlements 
  • 42 residents in Mont-Saint-Michel - 2,244,000 residents in Paris
  • 237.5km: Length of stage 4 (Saumur-Limoges), the longest of the Tour
  • 113km: Length of stage 21 (Chantilly- Paris Champs-Élysées), the shortest stage
  • 2,408m: Altitude of Port d’Envalira, the highest point of the 2016 Tour

Organisation

  • 100 ASO staff
  • 300 temporary staff
  • 210 hotels visited during Tour
  • 3 airplanes reserved for the transfer on 24 July
  • 40,000 night beds reserved for the organization and the teams

Medical

  • 10 doctors (of all specialties)
  • 2 medical cars
  • 7 ambulances with doctor
  • 5 nurses
  • 1 motorcycle
  • 1 radiology truck

Security

  • 3,000 agents from the Departmental Councils
  • 2,800 traffic signs 
  • 100,000 recyclable rubbish bins
  • 65 people present on the Tour de France trained each year in the prevention of road risk
  • 750 people have taken a course in the awareness of work-related risks

Media (2015 figures)

  • 99 photo agencies
  • 347 newspapers, press agencies and websites
  • 68 radio networks
  • 86 television channels
  • 80 hours of live TV coverage
  • 6 full stages broadcast

TV production

  • 500 people from the TV productions teams
  • 5 video motorcycles
  • 2 sound motorcycles
  • 2 video helicopters
  • 1 HF relay helicopter, 2 HF airplanes relays needed for the production of TV images 
  • 90 commentators from 10 different nationalities
  • 198 trackers mounted on the bicycles at the start of the first stage 
  • 16 GoPro cameras on the bicycles each day

Publicity caravan

  • 170 vehicles
  • 35 brands
  • 600 people
  • 14 million goodies distributed
  • 12km procession
  • 35 minute duration 
  • 55 people for security

Spectators (2015 figures)

  • 10-12 million spectators 
  • More than 40 different nationalities identified
  • 6 hours 15 minutes: average presence on the roadside
  • 93% of people attending as a group (4 to 5 people per group on average)
  • 65% male, 35% female
  • 80% French, 20% foreign

Logistics

  • 4,000m roadside barriers at start and finish of each stage
  • 2.2km of banners attached to barriers per stage
  • 1,050 tall barriers each day at the finish
  • 450 publicity signs each day at the finish
  • 7 hectares needed on average to install the finish area

La Course (3rd edition)

  • Sunday 24 July, starting at 13h15
  • 13 laps of the circuit on the Champs-Élysées
  • 21 teams from 11 nationalities
  • Integrated into the UCI Women’s World Tour since its creation (2016)

Figures courtesy of ASO

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