Dimension Data released a summary of the data it has processed for the 16 stages of the Tour, which were completed on Sunday.
With 83 per cent of the race completed, some of the highlights of the 16 stages include:
· The average speed of riders across the 16 stages was 39.16 km/h, while Tour de France winner Chris Froome recorded an average speed of 40.21km/h. In the first nine stages of the Tour, Froome’s average speed was 39.67km/h.
· Tom Dumoulin (TGA) recorded the fastest average speed of 44.78km/h during an individual time trial on stage 13.
· During the 16 stages which covered 2,922km, riders were affected by severe wind gusts of up to 80km/h.
· On stage 9, hail during the last 5km of the final climb (average gradient 7.2 per cent) caused the speed to drop by 31 per cent.
· When Julian Alaphilippe (EQS) crashed 15km from the finish in the individual time trial, it was at a speed of 51.7km/h with crosswinds of 42km/h.
· 47.0km/h was the highest average speed on stage 10, which is an increase on the highest speed in stage 1 (44.35km/h).
This year Dimension Data and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) introduced the tracking of weather conditions. The wind on Mont Ventoux (stage 12) raged at 140km/h, which caused the race organisers to move the finish line and shorten the stage distance by 6km. This climb is also the toughest, based on gradient, elevation and weather conditions. Thomas DeGendt (LTS), clocked an average climbing speed of 14.8km/h, while the lowest recorded climbing speed on Mont Ventoux was 12.72km/h.
Dimension Data’s mobile data centre and office has travelled 3,858.5km since the race began on 2nd July. The 39 tonne truck accommodates the 22-strong on-the-ground technical, social and support team. And to follow the race, there are 10 screens in the truck, which takes two hours to set up and take down every day after each race is completed.