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There was probably over 100 years where Slovenia and Denmark didn't win 6 between them in total.
They didn't win any between 1776 and 1889 for instance.

Volta a Catalunya was held for the first time in 1911, and if we count 101 years from then, although there obviously wasn't a World Tour at the time, and the current WT races haven't all been the biggest races on the calendar during their entire existence either, then I think we're only on 3 victories during that period (T-A 1987 and 92, Romandie 2010). Since 2011, they've won another 24 (if I've counted them correctly).
 
Here's a quick overview of the winning countries of 1 week WT races this year:

Slovenia:
3. P-N, T-A, and Catalunya.

Denmark:
3. Basque, Dauphine, and Suisse.

Australia:
1. TDU.

Belgium:
1. UAE.

UK:
1. Romandie.

Slovenia and Denmark's secret is "quality over quantity". Look at this list of grand tour stage wins by country so far this decade. Just 4 riders for each country produce a large number of wins.

 
Riders per nationality 2023 compared with 2003

Ever decreasing numbers...

French: 32/40
Spain: 14/42
Italy: 7/35
German: 7/15
USA!: 6/8
Russian: 0/5
Swiss: 2/5
Czech: 0/2
Ukrainian: 0/2
Croatian: 0/1

Improved numbers

Dutch: 14/7
Belgian: 21/8
Columbia: 5/4
UK: 7/1
Denmark: 11/4
Austrian: 6/4
Anzac: 14/7
Slovenian: 3/1
Luxembourgish: 3/1
Norway: 9/1
Por: 3/1
Kazakhstan: 2/1
Can: 3/0
Polish: 2/0
Costa Rica: 1/0
Ecuador!: 1/0
Slovakia: 1/0
Ethiopia 1/0

Same
RSA 1/1
Latvian: 1/1
 
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Riders per nationality 2023 compared with 2003

Ever decreasing numbers...

French: 32/40
Spain: 14/42
Italy: 7/35
German: 7/15
USA!: 6/8
Russian: 0/5
Swiss: 2/5
Czech: 0/2
Ukrainian: 0/2
Croatian: 0/1

Improved numbers

Dutch: 14/7
Belgian: 21/8
Columbia: 5/4
UK: 7/1
Denmark: 11/4
Austrian: 6/4
Anzac: 14/7
Slovenian: 3/1
Luxembourgish: 3/1
Norway: 9/1
Por: 3/1
Kazakhstan: 2/1
Can: 3/0
Polish: 2/0
Costa Rica: 1/0
Ecuador!: 1/0
Slovakia: 1/0
Ethiopia 1/0

Same
RSA 1/1
Latvian: 1/1
The decline of Italian cycling is most evident. But aren't you mixing up Ethiopia and Eritrea?
 
Someone with time on their hands should do the same statistics with riders on World Tour teams.
2005 vs. 2023 (data at beginning of season):

2005​
2023​
TOTAL
526​
531​
Spain
102​
19,39%​
France
82​
15,44%​
Italy
98​
18,63%​
Belgium
58​
10,92%​
France
72​
13,69%​
Italy
54​
10,17%​
Belgium
38​
7,22%​
Netherlands
43​
8,10%​
Germany
36​
6,84%​
Germany
35​
6,59%​
Netherlands
29​
5,51%​
Spain
35​
6,59%​
Switzerland
22​
4,18%​
Great Britain
31​
5,84%​
Australia
17​
3,23%​
Australia
27​
5,08%​
United States
16​
3,04%​
Denmark
18​
3,39%​
Denmark
12​
2,28%​
Colombia
15​
2,82%​
Russia
9​
1,71%​
United States
12​
2,26%​
Austria
8​
1,52%​
Austria
11​
2,07%​
Ukraine
6​
1,14%​
New Zealand
11​
2,07%​
Slovenia
6​
1,14%​
Kazakhstan
10​
1,88%​
Kazakhstan
6​
1,14%​
Switzerland
10​
1,88%​
Sweden
4​
0,76%​
Norway
8​
1,51%​
Luxembourg
4​
0,76%​
Slovenia
8​
1,51%​
Czech Republic
4​
0,76%​
Poland
7​
1,32%​
Colombia
3​
0,57%​
Portugal
7​
1,32%​
Estonia
3​
0,57%​
Czech Republic
5​
0,94%​
Portugal
3​
0,57%​
Ecuador
4​
0,75%​
Great Britain
3​
0,57%​
Ireland
4​
0,75%​
Finland
3​
0,57%​
Luxembourg
4​
0,75%​
Norway
3​
0,57%​
Eritrea
4​
0,75%​
New Zealand
2​
0,38%​
Estonia
3​
0,56%​
Canada
2​
0,38%​
South Africa
3​
0,56%​
Poland
2​
0,38%​
Russia
2​
0,38%​
Belarus
2​
0,38%​
Ukraine
2​
0,38%​
South Africa
2​
0,38%​
Ethiopia
2​
0,38%​
Ireland
1​
0,19%​
Latvia
2​
0,38%​
Japan
1​
0,19%​
Finland
1​
0,19%​
Moldova
1​
0,19%​
Belarus
1​
0,19%​
Slovakia
1​
0,19%​
Japan
1​
0,19%​
Uzbekistan
1​
0,19%​
Bahrain
1​
0,19%​
Venezuela
1​
0,19%​
Croatia
1​
0,19%​
Lithuania
1​
0,19%​
Serbia
1​
0,19%​
Croatia
1​
0,19%​
Taiwan
1​
0,19%​
Brazil
1​
0,19%​
Costa Rica
1​
0,19%​
Lithuania
1​
0,19%​
Canada
1​
0,19%​
Hungary
1​
0,19%​
Puerto Rico
1​
0,19%​
Brazil
1​
0,19%​
Slovakia
1​
0,19%​
 
When was the last time the Rainbow Jersey wasn't at display at any point during the TdF?

This year: Neither Evenepoel, nor Foss will be riding
Last year: Alaphilippe didn't ride, Ganna rode
2021: Alaphilippe rode, Ganna didn't ride
2020: Pedersen rode, Dennis didn't ride
2019: Valverde rode, Dennis... didn't ride the ITT
2018: Sagan rode, Dumoulin rode
2017: Sagan rode... for a few days, T. Martin rode
2016: Sagan rode, Kiryienka rode
2015: Kwiatkowski rode, Wiggins didn't ride
2014: Costa rode, T. Martin rode
2013: Gilbert rode, T. Martin rode
2012: Cavendish rode, T. Martin rode
2011: Hushovd rode, Cancellara rode
2010: Evens rode, Cancellara rode

Anyone wanna continue further back in time?
 
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When was the last time the Rainbow Jersey wasn't at display at any point during the TdF?

This year: Neither Evenepoel, nor Foss will be riding
Last year: Alaphilippe didn't ride, Ganna rode
2021: Alaphilippe rode, Ganna didn't ride
2020: Pedersen rode, Dennis didn't ride
2019: Valverde rode, Dennis... didn't ride the ITT
2018: Sagan rode, Dumoulin rode
2017: Sagan rode... for a few days, T. Martin rode
2016: Sagan rode, Kiryienka rode
2015: Kwiatkowski rode, Wiggins didn't ride
2014: Costa rode, T. Martin rode
2013: Gilbert rode, T. Martin rode
2012: Cavendish rode, T. Martin rode
2011: Hushovd rode, Cancellara rode
2010: Evens rode, Cancellara rode

Anyone wanna continue further back in time?
Do you have trouble with numbers below 2010?

Neither David Millar nor Igor Astarloa participated in the 2004 Tour (Millar had some kind of legal issue, and Astarloa had moved to Lampre, which didn't ride the race). Michael Rogers did ride it, but he hadn't yet been awarded the WC win at the time.

in 1995, Luc Leblanc couldn't start the Tour after his team folded, and Chris Boardman crashed out in the prologue.
 
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