• The 2015 Tour de France will start in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 4 July (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Tour de France is a massive logistical undertaking involving 4,500 people, including organisers, teams, media, partners, an advertising caravan and service providers.
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Cycling Central

25 Jun 2015 - 7:51 AM  UPDATED 1 Jul 2015 - 1:45 PM

Riders
198 riders at the start (22 teams of 9 riders)
300 support staff
15 members of the race jury

2015 Route
3,360km (21 stages)
3 countries visited (The Netherlands, Belgium and France)
26 French departments visited
37 stage sites
624 municipalities crossed (568 in France, 17 in The Netherlands, 39 in Belgium)

Organisation
100 A.S.O. staff
300 temporary staff
1550 beds reserved every day for the organization and the sports teams

Medical Services
10 doctors (all specialties), 5 nurses
7 ambulances, 2 medical cars, 1 motorcycle, 1 radiology truck

Security
48 members of the Republican Guard motorcycle division
13 officers on duty as the permanent police of the Tour
14,000 gendarmes / 9 000 police officers and CRS riot police mobilized
1,000 agents from the General Councils

Accredited Media (2014 edition)
2000 journalists, consultants and photographers
637 media organisations
373 newspapers, press agencies and Internet sites
92 television networks
114 photo agencies
58 radio stations

TV Broadcast
Broadcast in 190 countries
100 channels, including 60 live
8 stages broadcast in full
80 hours of live broadcast produced (international signal)
6,100 hours aired worldwide in 2014

Internet/New Media
32 million unique visitors/146 million pages viewed on letour.fr in 2014
4 languages: French, English, Spanish, German
1,700,000 fans on Facebook
1,300,000 followers on Twitter
500,000 on Google +
100,000 on Instagram
1, 1 million downloads of applications dedicated to the Tour de France

France Television coverage
Daily programmes
Start Village on France 3 at 12.45 every day – Special 10 year show on July 12
Le Direct (Live Broadcast) on France 3 from 1.50 PM and on France 2 from 3 PM
Vélo Club on France 2 following the stage just until 6.40 PM
Stade 2 sports programme on France 2, live broadcast from the Tour de France on July 5, 12 and 19 at 5.30 PM
L’image du jour on France 2 at 8.40 PM
Le film du Tour (stage summary) on France 3 every night at 8.10 PM after the Tout le Sport sports round-up programme

Documentaries
Poulidor Premier, June 29 at 8.45 PM on France 3
Hinault, part one July 13 at 3.20 PM and part 2 July 21 at 4.40 PM on France 2
Jacques Chancel, le Grand Chancelier, July 21 at 5.30 PM on France 2

8 stages will be broadcast in full
1: Utrecht - Utrecht / Saturday July 4
2: Utrecht - Zealand / Sunday July 5
3: Antwerp - Huy / Monday July 6
9: Vannes - Plumelec / Sunday July 12
12: Lannemezan - Plateau de Beille / Thursday July 16
19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - La Toussuire / Friday July 24
20: Modane Valfréjus - Alpe d’Huez / Saturday July 25
21: Sèvres-Grand Paris Seine Ouest - Paris Champs-Elysées / Sunday July 26

La Course by Le Tour de France
Sunday July 26th, from 1.50 PM on France 3

Partners
42 partner brands with 5 new partners (Dimension Data, Le Gaulois, Bostik, Cornetto, GoPro)
5 Club Partners
7 Official Partners
16 Official Suppliers
5 Technical Partners
2 Official Supporters
2 Media Partners
2 Official Broadcasters
3 Institutional Partners

Advertising Caravan
154 vehicles
34 brands
600 people
14 million objects handed out
12 km of procession
35 minutes of show
55 people to supervise the caravane, including 13 officers of the Republican Guard motorcycle division

Spectators on the side of the road (2014 edition)
64 per cent of men and 36 per cent of women
54 per cent under the age of 50, with 10 per cent under the age of 25
80 per cent of French spectators and 20% from abroad
More than 40 nationalities identified
6 hours 30 minutes of presence on the road side (6 hours on flat stages, 7 hours for mountain stages)
92 per cent come accompanied (on average 5 people per group)

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