Who has worn the yellow jersey for the most stages at the Tour de France?

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Data visualisations by Chris Jensen

In our series of experimentations with data visualisations, Chris Jensen decided to take a look at who has worn the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for the most days which returned some interesting findings:

1. Eddy Merckx was dominant.

2. Froome has now worn the yellow jersey for 37 days in his career. He can move up to 4th all time if he holds yellow through to Paris.

3. The mix of riders on the list is fascinating. There are all the obvious GC contenders at the top, but Cancellara and Voeckler near are also near the top as well.

4. Be sure to click on Cancellara’s data. It will then highlight his timeline in yellow where you can see that he just keeps racking the days up.

5. You can see a lot of sprinters in there with a few days in yellow.

6. The elephant in the room is the omission of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France days in yellow. Until his results were were annulled in late 2012, he was ranked second in this list, leading the Tour for 83 stages from 1999 to 2005. Lance’s Tour de France results were excluded from our dataset, but let’s be honest, it was a messy time and I clearly remember Lance wearing yellow for many many days.

NB: The graph is stages in yellow, not days in yellow. There used to be multiple stages in a day, which have been counted. For a specific example in the 1969 tour there was a stage 8a and 8b where Merckx is credited for two stages in yellow.

More data visualisations from the Tour de France:

– All time wins at the Tour de France

– The battle for GC at the Tour de France

– History of the Tour de France abandons

– What is the optimal age to win a stage at the Tour de France?

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