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100th Tour de France, by the numbers

With 4,500 credentialed participants and a police force of more than 23,000 officers, the 2013 Tour is a rolling city

Just how big is the 100th Tour de France, which kicks off Saturday, June 29 on the island of Corsica? Organizer ASO distributed these numbers on Monday.

4,500 among organization, teams, media, partners, publicity caravan, service providers

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

Route in 2013
3,404 kilometers (21 stages)
36 stage towns
537 French municipalities crossed
37 French departments visited

100 permanent staff of A.S.O.
280 temporary staff
1,450 beds reserved every day for the organizers and teams

Medical Service
10 emergency doctors, 1 anaesthetics nurse
6 ambulances, 2 medical cars, 1 motorcycle, 1 X-ray truck

47 police motorcyclists
13 police officers (permanent police mission for the Tour)
23,000 officers from the various police divisions mobilized
1,000 General Council agents

Media (2012 edition)
2,000 journalists, consultants, photographers
560 different media outlets covering the race
350 newspapers/magazines, press agencies, or websites
85 TV channels, of which 60 broadcast live
75 photo agencies
50 radio stations

TV broadcasting
Broadcasts to 190 countries
Around 100 channels, 60 of them broadcasting live
New national stations broadcasting live in 2013: Estonia (ETV), Israel (Sport5), Kazakhstan (KAZsport)
New regional broadcaster (Middle East and North Africa): Aljazeera Sport (23 countries)
9 stages broadcast in full
86 hours of live footage (international signal)
Over 5,000 hours of programs worldwide
3.5 billion viewers worldwide (2012)

Internet (2012 edition)
11.5 million unique visitor hits (in July)
133 million pages viewed (in July)
4 languages: French, German, Spanish, English (the most visited version)
925,000 fans on Facebook
150,000 followers on Twitter
800,000 apps on the Tour de France downloaded

44 partner brands including 4 new partners
4 Club Partners
9 Official Partners
6 Institutional and Environmental Partners
2 Media Partners
14 Official Suppliers
6 Technical Partners
7 Official Sponsors

Publicity Caravan
180 vehicles
37 brands
600 people
14.5 million gifts handed out
12 kilometers of precession
35 minutes of show-time
54 people involved in supervision, including 13 police officers

Spectators lining the route (2012 edition)
12 million spectators
68% men and 32% women
53% under 50 years of age, of which 12% were under 25
80% French spectators and 20% foreign spectators
38 different nationalities counted
6:50 of presence at the road-side (6 hours for flat stages, 8:50 for mountain stages)
92% of people come with family or friends (in groups of 4 to 5 people on average)