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With the Tour de France just over a week away, here's a look at the world-famous racing event in numbers

Team Sky's Chris Froome during stage 21 of the Tour de France. Photo: PA

Chris Froome will defend his Tour de France yellow jersey over three weeks of racing from July 7.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at the race with the help of the Tour's official data provider, Dimension Data.

21 - stages on this year's route.

3,351km - the length of the route, down slightly from 3,540km last year.

Team Sky's Richie Porte (left) and Chris Froome Credit: PA

231km - stage seven, from Fougeres to Chartres, is the longest on this year's route.

2,215m - the shortest stage excluding time trials, the 65km stage 17 from Bagneres-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan, finishes on the race's highest summit on the Col de Portet.

26 - categorised hills and passes, down from 53 last year but increasing in distance from 308km to 348.8km.

15km - the distance raced outside of France in this year's race, as stage 16 detours into Spain and the Col du Portillon.

22 - teams competing this year.

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8 - riders in each team, down from nine in a change originally planned for last year. That gives a total of 176 racers.

5/6 - Team Sky have won the race in five out of the last six years (Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012; Chris Froome in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

59 - days Froome has finished in the yellow jersey in his career.

41kph - Froome's average speed in winning last year's race.

31 - riders who had to abandon in 2017's race - 13 of them on the crash-hit stage nine from Nantua to Chambery.

15 - different stage winners last year.

0 - stages won by Froome last year despite taking overall victory.

126 - competitors in this year's women's race, La Course, which will take place on July 17.

Team Dimension Data's Mark Cavendish Credit: PA

112.5km - distance raced on La Course, from Annecy to Le Grand Bonand.

105 - this will be the 105th staging of the Tour. There have been 60 different winning riders.

34 - stage wins by Eddy Merckx, the most in Tour history. Second-placed Mark Cavendish has 30.

2 - British winners of the polka dot jersey for best climber: Robert Millar in 1984 and Froome in 2015.

8 - seconds. The narrowest winning margin in Tour history, when Greg Le Mond beat Laurent Fignon in 1989.

3million - followers for the Tour's official Twitter account.

10-12m - estimated roadside spectators during last year's race.

71m - views for online video reviews during the 2017 race.

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