- Feb 3, 2008
Tours have tended to be shorter in recent years. Less time trial stages and no real monster 8 hour stages in the big hills either. Hinault did a 39kph, 3700km tour in 81. LeMond and Indurain knocked out 39 kph tours in the early 90s and they were 3700 to almost 4000km...oldbobcat said:Ah, but average speeds have increased, even in the modern (post-post WW2) period. Decade-wise, average speed during the 1960s was 35.944 kph. During the 2010s, average speed had risen to 39.937 kph. The 2000s were slightly faster, at 40.322 kph, but you could either say that figure is statistically insignificant or the result of widespread blood doping and use of corticosteroids.