Can you name the 22 Tour de France Teams?

Tour de France Teams

A little something I made using AJAX, PHP, SQL and HTML during the last week of the Tour de France.

How many Tour de France teams can you name?

The 22 teams participating in cycling’s biggest race change from year to year with the inclusion of 4 wildcard teams, changes to the ProTour teams and ever-changing sponsorship deals which dictate team names.

I had to build in a degree of flexibility to the names people entered as getting a 100% match to an official team name is really rather hard – especially with all the European sponsors. Think I got the balance about right between accepting near-matches whilst not letting gibberish or plainly wrong team names through.

Tour de France Money Facts

Mark Cavendish

Over the past three weeks I have been watching the Tour de France which finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris tomorrow. Hopefully Manxman Mark Cavendish can repeat his feat of the last two tours and claim victory in the final sprint stage before winning the green jersey sprints competition.

A few interesting Tour de France facts I have come across during this year’s tour.

  • The total wage bill for all 489 riders in the 18 UCI professional cycling teams is lower than the wage bill of the Olympique Lyonnais soccer team [inrng]
  • The average rider earns €218,000
  • An estimate of team budgets from RideMedia’s Tour de France guide shows some big discrepancies. The top team budgets are €15 million a year whilst one team has just €5 million to spend.  My greatest surprise was not the difference in budgets, that is to be expected, but the amounts of money spent by particular teams.  For example Garmin-Cervélo are one of the lowest spending teams but have received a lot of exposure for their sponsors.  They have won 4 stages of this year’s tour and will probably take the overall team competition as well.
  • The teams don’t get any of the television money
  • Sponsoring a team appears to be rather good value if you are big European company. For starters the team is named after you, then there is broadcast and press exposure across Europe and a few other areas of the world. Some details on sponsorship over at HTC-Highroad.

Photo credit: Tour de Suisse 2011 by Flickr user ponte1112 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Badminton it is then

My Dad applied for Olympics tickets. We applied for hockey x2, badminton and table tennis x2. All sports we found quite exciting to watch at the previous Olympics and I have played at one time or another.

Sport: Badminton
Session code: BD007
Date/Time: 30 JULY 2012 08:30
Price category: C
Quantity: 4

Sport: Table Tennis
Session code: TT019
Venue: EXCEL
Date/Time: 03 AUGUST 2012 19:00
Price category: D
Quantity: 1

No Olympic Park tickets, rubbish! Oh well at least we got some. When the Paralympic Games application process opens we will have to make sure we get some for Stratford.

Photo credit: Day 2 Badminton (16 Aug 2010) by Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games CC BY-NC 2.0

Sarries at Wembley

Went to see Saracens play Wasps at Wembley today, the first ‘proper’ rugby match I have seen for quite a long time! Also the first time I had been inside the new Wembley.

ASLEF were nice and fucked up the trains because they wanted triple wages plus a day off just to do their job today. Greedy bastards. Sooner they automate the trains the better.

So crammed into a minibus and made way to the stadium getting to our seats – in the Gold Club Section (swish) – just before the kick off. The stadium clearly wasn’t designed for such levels of road traffic (pretty good public transport when it is actually running!).

First half was, well, dire. 3-0 to Sarries at half time and only just. The best kicking we had seen by the start of the second half was by a fan who won £250,000 by hitting the crossbar with a drop goal from the half way line. The second time this has happened in a Sarries match at Wembley – The insurance company must be revising the club’s premium as I write! [video of the first time]. Eliza Doolittle also sang at half time, not really my cup of tea. Did have some nice and not too prohibitively expensive hot chocolate though!

More than 50,000 tickets for the match were apparently sold but the attendance was 38,000 presumably because many people had been planning to get the tube to go to the match (grr).
Gavin Henson came on for his first appearance and nearly scored a try, oh, and we (soon to be Barnet Copthill RFC) won.

Yah! Tickets cost £10 but apparently they were giving them out cheaper in the Standard. Good day out despite the union (not bitter at all! :P).