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Which basically all amounts to yet another way of rubbing France's nose in it over their drought...
Speaking of the French drought: they still haven't had a rider place higher than third on any stage this Tour.

The last time this was true at this point in the race was in 2013, when they incredibly hadn't placed better than fifth in the first thirteen stages (excluding riders on foreign teams in the TT).
 
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The French drought is the best known but the national tours of Italy, Spain, and Switzerland are also going through their longest droughts without a home winner.
 
I recall that Thor Hushovd won Tour de France stage:
  • Finishing solo (2011 Lourdes)
  • From the small group (2002 Bourg-en-Bresse, 2010 Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 2011 Gap)
  • From the mass sprint (2004 Quimper, 2006 Champs-Elysees, 2007 Joigny, 2008 Saint-Brieuc, 2009 Barcelona)
  • Time trial (2006 Strasbourg)
I count top 2 to 10 riders with the same time as a small group.

How many others have had the same? WvA currently doesn't have small group win. (5 mass sprints, 2 solos, 1 TT)
 
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I recall that Thor Hushovd won Tour de France stage:
  • Finishing solo (2011 Lourdes)
  • From the small group (2002 Bourg-en-Bresse, 2010 Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 2011 Gap)
  • From the mass sprint (2004 Quimper, 2006 Champs-Elysees, 2007 Joigny, 2008 Saint-Brieuc, 2009 Barcelona)
  • Time trial (2006 Strasbourg)
I count top 2 to 10 riders with the same time as a small group.

How many others have had the same? WvA currently doesn't have small group win. (5 mass sprints, 2 solos, 1 TT)
Well, if that means a mass sprint is 11 riders or more on same time, and that you're counting as a solo winner if you don't have the same time as number 2, then Pogacar qualifies.
 
The bizarre cycling hierarchy of the British honours system when it comes to cycling (not complete and doesn't include paralympics)

Sir/Dame: Bradley Wiggins, Laura Kenny, Jason Kenny, Chris Hoy
CBE: Victoria Pendleton
OBE: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy
MBE: Nicole Cooke, Mark Cavendish, Owain Doull, Matt Walls, Ethan Hayter, Pete Kennaugh etc

Nothing: Lizzie Armitsted, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Simon Yates
 
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Simon Geschke has now finished 6th, 7th and 9th on stage finishes in Mende. Has anyone else achieved three results in the lower half of the top 10 in the same town without getting better results as well?
Richie Porte - 6th, 7th and 6th in consecutive stages to Alpe d'Huez. He climbed it on one other occasion where he missed the top 10.
 
Marcel Kittel winning four Giro stages and almost finishing his career without one pro win on Italian soil (that only happened in Tirreno 2018).

Cancellara winning the opening Tour stage five times but never in France.
 
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Countries that have never won a grand tour stage even though grand tour stage winners have been born there.
Malta - David Millar
Morocco - Richard Virenque
Kenya - Chris Froome
Japan - Chris Horner
Greece - Lucien Lazaridès

if you include team time trial winners
Finland - Charly Wegelius
 
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