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Seeing as ASO are seemingly separating the history of the Tour de France Femmes from the Tour de France Féminin that ran as a Société du Tour de France race in the 80s, if we accept that interpretation of history and consider this to be a new race, then we look very much like we are going to see the first winner of the women's Tour being a late starter as a pro who wins the Tour at 39 years old.

The first Giro Donne was won by cross-country skier Maria Canins, who was a late starter as a cycling pro and won the Giro at... 39 years old.
Canins is also the only ever native Ladin speaking top cyclists to this day. You'd think the Dolomites would have produced at least some cyclists, but nope...
 
Seeing as ASO are seemingly separating the history of the Tour de France Femmes from the Tour de France Féminin that ran as a Société du Tour de France race in the 80s, if we accept that interpretation of history and consider this to be a new race, then we look very much like we are going to see the first winner of the women's Tour being a late starter as a pro who wins the Tour at 39 years old.

The first Giro Donne was won by cross-country skier Maria Canins, who was a late starter as a cycling pro and won the Giro at... 39 years old.
They did award an honorary maillot jaune to Jeannie Longo before the start of stage 1, though not everyone was pleased to see that.

If the Vuelta Challenge gets bumped up to 7 stages next year, I see Mavi García as the prime contender.
 
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There are only two riders in the current pro peloton who both have crossed the line first on at least one stage in all their Grand Tours* and have finished all their Grand Tours. On Peyragudes, one of them was 17 seconds from making the other one miss the time limit.


Only five currently pro riders with at least three finished Grand Tours have a better worst GC result than Wout Van Aert.


Today's 6th place in San Sebastián was Simon Yates' best ever result in a WT one-day race - he only has two other top 10s; 7th in San Sebastián and a 10th place in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.


Andrey Zeits became the first rider in history to finish his first 20 Grand Tours. Of current riders, the following are closest to equaling the feat:

Andrey Amador - 17
Luis Ángel Maté, Nelson Oliveira - 16
Yukiya Arashiro, Maciej Bodnar - 15
Pello Bilbao, Jan Bakelants - 14
Esteban Chaves, José Herrada, Chad Haga, Christopher Juul-Jensen - 13
Adam Yates, Cyril Gautier, Alexander Kristoff - 11
Francesco Gavazzi, Sonny Colbrelli, Julien Simon, Nikias Arndt - 10


Only 18 currently pro riders have never managed to finish a Grand Tour (of those who have participated at least once). 16 of those have only started once. Merlier has started twice and won stages in both attempts, but never made it through. Then there is Mareczko who has 6 starts.


Cees Bol, Martin Laas and Robert Stannard are the only multiple GT finishers who have finished in exactly the same spot every time (two times for each rider). Remarkably, Bol and Laas have both only finished in 140th position. Stannard was 119th in his two finishes.

*This convoluted formulation is to contrive the stat away from being ruined by Ackermann.
 
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Which general mental differences may have men and women elite road racing individuals/teams in the future (when women cycling athletes will be properly financially supported)?

Lack of women elite road super domestique - is it current financial women cycling market situation, ... or this problem may be support by mental difference between men and women team work?
 
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After this season, none of France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands will have an active GT winner (unless a rider from one of those countries wins the Vuelta, of course).
Germany so bad its not even included in such a list :-( Understandable, after not finishing top 3 since Jan Ullrich 2005.
 
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Until yesterday Heiri Suter was the only rider in the top 200 of the all-time PCS ranking who had never competed in a grand tour. Sadly today he has fallen down to 201st position so that record no longer stands.
 
After today's performance Jonas Vingegaard is en route to be the first rider of the host country of the 1st stage of the Tour to win the overall in 30 years, since Miguel Indurain in 1992.
Apart from the fact that neither of the two are French, her are a few other funny details:

Riders from the UK won the Tour every year from 2012 to 2018. Except for 2014, when the Tour started in... the UK!
The last time France got anywhere close to getting a Tour winner, the Tour started in... Belgium!
 
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In the first 100 editions of the Tour de France up to 2013 just one winner, Stephen Roche, was born on an island. In the nine editions since then three winners, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas, and Jonas Vingegaard have been born on islands.
 
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Yes, and it is an island geographically, people just don't really think of it as such (but for your stat, it definitely works, too bad that Wiggins and Froome were not born in the UK, or it would have been really crazy).
With Nibali, Thomas and Vingegaard winning the Tour at four-year intervals could this predict that Majorca-born Enric Mas will win the Tour in 2026?
 
No French rider has won a WorldTour stage race since Christophe Moreau won Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré in 2007 (so none in the WorldTour era).

But Pavel Sivakov has won the Tour de Pologne - sadly for France it was before he turned French.
 
In the first 100 editions of the Tour de France up to 2013 just one winner, Stephen Roche, was born on an island. In the nine editions since then three winners, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas, and Jonas Vingegaard have been born on islands.

Does Australia count as an island? I would count it, which would make it four since 2010.
 
Does Australia count as an island? I would count it, which would make it four since 2010.
An island is a body of land surrounded by water. Continents are also surrounded by water, but because they are so big, they are not considered islands. Australia, the smallest continent, is more than three times the size of Greenland, the largest island.

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