Gino Bartali holds the record of longest time span between titles, having earned his first and last Tour victories 10 years apart (in 1938 and 1948 respectively).
The most career Yellow Jerseys is 111 by Eddy Merckx of Belgium. He also holds the record for the most career stage wins with 33.
The German rider Erik Zabel has won the most green jerseys with six consecutive wins from 1996 through 2001.
Miguel Induráin of Spain was the first to win the general classificiation five times in consecutive years.
Two riders have won the "King of the Mountains" six times: Federico Bahamontes of Spain in 1954, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964; and Lucien Van Impe of Belgium in 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1983; while Richard Virenque of France won his record-breaking seventh title in 2004 (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004).
As of 2005, in terms of nationality, riders from France have won most Tours (36), followed by Belgium (18), United States (10), Italy (9), Spain (8), Luxembourg (4), Switzerland and the Netherlands (2 each) and Ireland, Denmark and Germany (1 each).
The Tour de France inspired the lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, to write the song "Bicycle Race" in 1978.
The longest Tour was in 1926 with 5,745 km.
At least a few of times in the history of the race has the rider awarded the win been disqualified at a later date.
The first time was in 1904 when the leader was found to have caught a train for part of the event.
After the 2006 race the initial winner Floyd Landis of USA was disqualified for elevated testosterone levels found in a urine sample taken after one of his stage wins
in 2010 Alberto Contador was later stripped of his win following a lengthy investigation into his drug use during the event.
in 2012, Lance Armstrong was found guilty of doping by the USADA, and all of his titles were taken off him.