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.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?
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
if you include team time trial winners
Finland - Charly Wegelius
No French rider has won a stage or so much as worn the jersey of any classification at the Tour since Julian Alaphilippe lost green on the fourth stage of last year's race. That's a total of 33 stages.
On the plus side, today Valentin Madouas became the first French rider to finish in the top-two of a stage since The Greatest Of All Time Before Masnada Came Along gifted Mohoric the nineteenth stage last year.
And only the second Canadian stage win in the Tour ever
The only country that has experienced a longer drought (after having gotten off the mark, that is) is Austria who had to wait 74 years from their first three wins in 1931 until Georg Totschnig won a stage in 2005.
Despite their 39-year drought Luxembourg still has by far the best stage wins per population record in the Tour.Actually, this wasn't correct. Luxembourg didn't win between 1966 and 2006, so that too beats the 34 years for Canada.
So where do Cav's wins go? The Isle of Man isn't part of the UK (it was never in the EU) but its not a country on its own either. I think it has circa 404 stage wins per million.Despite their 39-year drought Luxembourg still has by far the best stage wins per population record in the Tour.
All-time Tour de France stage wins per million population (top ten countries)
- Luxembourg 112.3
- Belgium 42.0
- France 10.6
- Netherlands 10.4
- Switzerland 7.1
- Slovenia 6.2
- Italy 4.6
- Denmark 4.1
- Norway 3.5
- Estonia 3.0
Just came to my mind and it's surprising it hasn't been mentioned yet, but Contador never finishing on the podium of a gt he didn't win is incredibly weird.