By the Numbers: 2012 Tour De France

Sure, you know there’s 22 teams, 198 riders, and 21 stages, but the rest of the figures associated with the 2012 Tour de France are simply remarkable.

So here you have it, the 2012 Tour de France, by the numbers:

The Route
3,497 km (20 stages + prologue)
37 stage towns
695 towns and villages visited in France and 70 communes abroad (52 in Belgium, 18 in Switzerland)
39 French departments visited
3 countries visited (France, Belgium, Switzerland)

198 riders at the start (22 teams of 9 riders)
300 support staff
17 members of the race stewards’ committee

100 permanent A.S.O. staff
280 temporary staff
1,400 beds reserved each day for the organisers and sports teams

Medical Service
10 emergency doctors, 1 anaesthetist nurse
7 ambulances, 2 medical cars, 1 motorbike

Safety & Security
47 police motorcyclists
13 police officers making up Le Tour’s permanent police commission
23,000 officers from the various police divisions mobilised
1,000 General Council agents

Media (2011)
2,300 journalists, consultants and photographers
700 different media outlets representing 35 countries present on the event
320 newspapers, press agencies or web sites
100 TV channels
80 photo agencies
70 radio stations including 50 national stations

TV Broadcasting
Broadcasts in 190 countries
Approximately 100 channels, including 60 with live coverage
7 stages broadcast live in their entirety
81.5 hours of live footage on France Télévisions and international channels (including Eurosport)
4,700 hours of broadcasts (2011)
3.5 billion television viewers throughout the world (2011)

Web (2011)
14 million unique visitors (during July)
133 million pages viewed (during July)
4 languages: French, German, Spanish, English (the most visited version)
700,000 fans on Facebook

43 partner brands
4 Club Partners
9 Official Partners
6 Institutional and Environment Partners
1 Media Partner
14 Official Suppliers
7 Technical Partners
5 Official Supporters

Publicity Caravan
180 vehicles
37 brands
600 people
14.5 million gifts handed out
12 km of procession
45 minutes of show-time
54 people involved in supervision including 13 police officers

12 million spectators
65% men and 35% women
55% under 50 years old, including 12% under 15 years old
80% French spectators and 20% foreign spectators
38 different nationalities
6 hrs 45 minutes spent on the road-side on average, per stage, per spectator (6 hrs 20 minutes for flat stages, 9 hrs 22 minutes for mountain stages)
95% of people come with family or friends

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