The 103rd edition of the Tour de France starts in Mont-Saint-Michel on Saturday, July 2 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 24.
As one of the world’s biggest sporting events, the number of people involved and logistics in moving the race and all that is associated with it around France is incredible. Here are some facts and figures…
Number of countries visited by the Tour this year: France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland.
An incredible 23,000 police officers and gendarmes will provide security for the Tour, including 12 full-time police officers.
The Tour is broadcast in 190 different countries. Six stages this year will be broadcast live in their entirety: 1, 9, 15, 19, 20 and 21.
Number of teams taking part in this year’s Tour. 18 are WorldTour teams, and four are invited ‘wildcard’ teams from the UCI’s Professional Continental rank.
A publicity caravan travels down the race route before the riders, it comprises 170 vehicles and 600 people distributing 14 million free products, including the ever-popular bags of Haribo sweets.
Nine mountain stages, one medium mountain stage, nine flat stages and two time trials make up the 21 stages of the 2016 Tour.
Nine riders in each of the 22 teams brings the total number of starters to 198.
Number of race doctors, who will be accompanied by five nurses and supported by seven ambulances and one radiology truck for X-rays.
The amount in Euros paid to the overall winner of the 2016 Tour. This is up on last year’s figure of €450,000.
Teams and race staff will use 210 hotels during the Tour.
The Tour is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, with 10-12 million people lining the roadside to watch in person. Of these, 80 per cent are from France and 65 per cent are male.
Approximate number of calories burned by a rider during the whole Tour.
Kilometres travelled by the entire 2016 Tour route over its 21 stages.
The amount in Euros that each 2016 Tour stage winner will earn for their victory.
Number of road signs used to mark the race route and give warnings.
Two thousand journalists from around the world will variously work on the Tour, from 347 different media outlets, 86 TV channels and 68 radio stations.
There are four kilometres – or 4,000 metres – of metal barriers used at the start and finish of each Tour stage.