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Those who are superstitious may be a little concerned about the seventh stage at the 2018 Tour de France, it’s falls on Friday the 13th.

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The longest stage of the 2018 Tour de France happens to fall on Friday the 13th. Some believe it to be an unlucky day – but that’s just superstition, right?

Early in the history of the race, there would be a rest day after each stage and thus the first three times that a Friday the 13th fell while the Tour was being contested, there was a rest day. Coincidence? Maybe.

The most recent winner of a stage of the Tour de France on this date is David Millar (pictured) who claimed a victory in Annonay on a day when it took around 100km to establish the so-called ‘early break’. The escapees held off the peloton and the Brit celebrated his first win at the Tour since his suspension for issues relating to doping.

This year, it will be the 15th time that there has been a Friday the 13th in July since the inception of the Tour in 1903.

For the sake of interest, here is a summary of the stage winners and leaders of GC on this ‘unlucky’ day.

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Year Stage Stage winner Race leader
1906 Rest day René Pottier (FRA)
1917 Rest day Philippe Thys (BEL)
1923 Rest day Henri Pélissier (FRA)
1928 20 Maurice Dewaele (BEL) Nicolas Frantz (LUX)
1934 10 René Le Grevès (FRA) Antonin Magne (FRA)
1945 —  No Tour that year
1951 9 Raphaël Géminiani (FRA) Roger Lévêque (FRA)
1956 9 Roger Hassenforder (FRA) Roger Walkowiak (FRA)
1962 20 Jacques Anquetil (FRA) Jacques Anquetil (FRA)
1973 12a  Luis Ocaña (ESP) Luis Ocaña (ESP)
1973 12b  Lucien van Impe (BEL) Luis Ocaña (ESP)
1979 16 Lucien van Impe (BEL) Bernard Hinault (FRA)
1984 15 Fréderic Vichot (FRA) Vincent Barteau (FRA)
1990 Rest day Claudio Chiappucci (ITA)
2007 6 Tom Boonen (BEL) Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2012 12 David Millar (GBR) Bradley Wiggins (GBR)