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1978 | June 29 - July 23
Leiden - Paris

total distance: 3908.0 km
number of stages: 22

money for winner: 100 000 F
money total: 1 227 545 F

Bernard Hinault | Renault | France | age: 23
time: 108hr 18min 0sec | average speed: 36.084 km/h
2nd place: Joop Zoetemelk (+ 3min 56sec)
3rd place: Joaquim Agostinho (+ 6min 54sec)
winning team: Miko - Mercier
number of participants: 110
finished: 78
not finished: 32
Jerseys winners:

 Bernard Hinault
 Freddy Maertens
 Mariano Martinez
 Henk Lubberding


Tour de France start:

Statistic of the riders:
Route length:
(compared with longest route in 1926 - 5745 km)

 3 908 / 5 745 
 68,0%


Stages

number of stages in this year*: 25 | display finish towns on map
*total number of posibbilities to win the stage

STAGES - start, finish, length, winner, time, average speed
PLeiden - Leiden  5.2 km  NED  Jan RAAS  0:06:38  47.0 km/h
1aLeiden - Saint-Willebrord  135.0 km  NED  Jan RAAS  3:24:21  39.6 km/h
1bSaint-Willebrord - Brussel  100.0 km  BEL  Walter PLANCKAERT  2:22:14  42.2 km/h
2Brussel - Saint-Amand-les-Eaux  199.0 km  FRA  Jacques ESCLASSAN  5:21:31  37.1 km/h
3Saint-Amand-les-Eaux - Saint-Germain-en-Laye  243.5 km  GER  Klaus-Peter THALER  7:25:42  32.8 km/h
4Evreux - Caen  153.0 km  NED  Ti-Raleigh  3:39:07  41.9 km/h
5Caen - Mazé-Montgeoffroy  244.0 km  BEL  Freddy MAERTENS  7:00:16  34.8 km/h
6Mazé-Montgeoffroy - Poitiers  162.0 km  IRL  Sean KELLY  4:02:24  40.1 km/h
7Poitiers - Bordeaux  242.0 km  BEL  Freddy MAERTENS  7:01:07  34.5 km/h
8Saint-Emilion - Sainte-Foy-la-Grande  59.3 km  FRA  Bernard HINAULT  1:22:01  43.4 km/h
9Bordeaux - Biarritz  233.0 km  ESP  Miguel-Maria LASA  6:43:09  34.4 km/h
10Biarritz - Pau  191.5 km  NED  Henk LUBBERDING  5:46:54  33.1 km/h
11Pau - Saint-Lary-Soulan  161.0 km  FRA  Mariano MARTINEZ  5:47:26  27.8 km/h
12aTarbes - Valence d´Agen  158.0 km        0.0 km/h
12bValence d´Agen - Toulouse  96.0 km  FRA  Jacques ESCLASSAN  2:19:12  41.4 km/h
13Figeac - Superbesse  221.5 km  BEL  Paul WELLENS  6:43:49  32.9 km/h
14Besse-en-Ch. - Puy-de-Dôme  52.5 km  NED  Joop ZOETEMELK  1:25:51  36.7 km/h
15Saint-Dier-d´A. - Saint-Étienne  196.0 km  FRA  Bernard HINAULT  5:49:48  33.6 km/h
16Saint-Étienne - Alpe d’Huez  240.5 km  NED  Hennie KUIPER  7:23:07  32.6 km/h
17Grenoble - Morzine-Avoriaz  225.0 km  FRA  Christian SEZNEC  7:13:34  31.3 km/h
18Morzine-Avoriaz - Lausanne  137.5 km  NED  Gerrie KNETEMANN  3:36:52  38.0 km/h
19Lausanne - Belfort  181.5 km  BEL  Marc DEMEYER  5:05:57  35.6 km/h
20Metz - Nancy  72.0 km  FRA  Bernard HINAULT  1:39:29  43.4 km/h
21Epernay - Senlis  207.5 km  NED  Jan RAAS  5:58:49  34.7 km/h
22Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Paris  161.5 km  NED  Gerrie KNETEMANN  4:22:46  36.9 km/h


Winners of stages in 1978 by nations (7):

 nation  No.wins share (%)
 NED  9 
 36,00% 
 FRA  7 
 28,00% 
 BEL  5 
 20,00% 
 IRL  1 
 4,00% 
 ESP  1 
 4,00% 
   1 
 4,00% 
 GER  1 
 4,00% 



Winners of stages in 1978 by cyclists (18):

 name  No.wins share (%)
 Jan RAAS  3 
 12,00% 
 Bernard HINAULT  3 
 12,00% 
 Freddy MAERTENS  2 
 8,00% 
 Jacques ESCLASSAN  2 
 8,00% 
 Gerrie KNETEMANN  2 
 8,00% 
 Christian SEZNEC  1 
 4,00% 
 Hennie KUIPER  1 
 4,00% 
 Joop ZOETEMELK  1 
 4,00% 
 Paul WELLENS  1 
 4,00% 
   1 
 4,00% 
 Mariano MARTINEZ  1 
 4,00% 
 Henk LUBBERDING  1 
 4,00% 
 Miguel-Maria LASA  1 
 4,00% 
 Sean KELLY  1 
 4,00% 
 Ti-Raleigh  1 
 4,00% 
 Klaus-Peter THALER  1 
 4,00% 
 Walter PLANCKAERT  1 
 4,00% 
 Marc DEMEYER  1 
 4,00% 



Ascents

number of ascents in this year*: 21 | display ascents on map
*ascents of the second, first and "hors" category

THE ALPES [11]
Alpe-d’Huez (1860 m):  NED  Hennie KUIPER
Col de la Colombière (1618 m):  FRA  René BITTINGER
Col de Plainpalais (1173 m):  FRA  René BITTINGER
Col de Porte (1326 m):  FRA  André ROMERO
Col du Corbier (1325 m):  FRA  Mariano MARTINEZ
Côte de la forêt de Chambaran (627 m):  FRA  Jean-Jacques FUSSIEN
Cucheron (1139 m):  NED  Hennie KUIPER
Granier (1134 m):  NED  Hennie KUIPER
Joux-Plane (1713 m):  FRA  Christian SEZNEC
Luitel (1262 m):  BEL  Michel POLLENTIER
Pas-de-Morgins (1369 m):  FRA  Mariano MARTINEZ
THE PYRENEES [4]
Aspin (1490 m):  FRA  Michel LAURENT
Marie-Blanque (1035 m):  BEL  Michel POLLENTIER
Pla d’Adet (Saint-Lary-Soulan) (1680 m):  FRA  Mariano MARTINEZ
Tourmalet (2115 m):  BEL  Michel POLLENTIER
Other mountains [6]
Col de la République (Grand Bois) (1161 m):  FRA  Jean-Jacques FUSSIEN
Col des Fourches (970 m):  BEL  Michel POLLENTIER
Croix de Chaubouret (1230 m):  BEL  Michel POLLENTIER
Puy de Dôme (1415 m):  NED  Joop ZOETEMELK
Saint-Anastaise (1160 m):  BEL  Paul WELLENS
Super-Besse (1350 m):  BEL  Paul WELLENS


Winners of ascents in 1978 by nations (3):

 nation  No. wins share (%)
 FRA  10 
 47,62% 
 BEL  7 
 33,33% 
 NED  4 
 19,05% 



Winners of ascents in 1978 by cyclists (10):

 name  No. wins share (%)
 Michel POLLENTIER  5 
 23,81% 
 Hennie KUIPER  3 
 14,29% 
 Mariano MARTINEZ  3 
 14,29% 
 Paul WELLENS  2 
 9,52% 
 René BITTINGER  2 
 9,52% 
 Jean-Jacques FUSSIEN  2 
 9,52% 
 Joop ZOETEMELK  1 
 4,76% 
 Christian SEZNEC  1 
 4,76% 
 André ROMERO  1 
 4,76% 
 Michel LAURENT  1 
 4,76% 



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