Infographic: Shimano's Tour de France 2013 by numbers

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Infographic: Shimano’s Tour de France 2013 by numbers

Five riders wore the coveted maillot jaune at this year’s Tour de France, from Marcel Kittel in Corsica to Chris Froome on the Champs-Elysees.

So what was the secret to their success? Intensive training programmes? Long hours on a practice bike over the winter?

Hard graft, tactical masterstrokes and a fiercely strong team all help, of course, and so, seemingly, does sponsorship from Shimano.

Kittel, Froome, Jan Bakelants, Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey are all sponsored by the Japanese company, who are celebrating a highly-successful Tour for their sponsored athletes and the machines whose parts they provide.

From lucky blue shoes to specialised handlebars, the infographic below highlights Shimano’s Tour by numbers.

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