COMPARING THE WINNERS

In this table the overall times for both the winner and the combined stage winners are shown. The difference between these is shown in the "Deficit"column.

This is another way to compare the performances of various winners because it indicates the extent to which each was close to the action every day. A small deficit shows that the winner was well placed on each stage. A big deficit shows that he allowed other riders to gain ground on various stages. Do not mix up "compare" with "measure against". There is no scale to measure the different winners against one another.

A distorting factor is the giving of a bonus of one minute to a race-leader on each day on which he retained the jersey. This practice, which was common internationally at this time, was discontinued after 1959. Time bonuses were given to stage winners and placed riders up to 1972 and these also distort the deficit.

In 1960 the overall winner was 9 seconds faster than the combined stage winners. As this is an impossibility I can only suggest that a mistake was made in calculating general classification times on some stage.
 
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
Km
  320.0
1450.0
1376.4
1321.8
1404.8
1494.0
1486.0
Stages' Time
09:20:39
39:57:23
37:36:58
37:07:03
39:54:03
40:43:44
43:12:27
Stages' average
34.2
36.3
36.6
35.6
35.2
36.7
34.4
Winner time
09:20:39
40:03:29
37:47:19
37:15:37
40:00:57
40:47:35
43:18:20
Winner average
34.2
36.2
36.4
35.5
35.1
36.6
34.3
Deficit
  Nil
06:06
10:21
08:34
06:54
03:51
05:53
Winner
Colm Christle
Joe O Brien
Gene Mangan
Paudie Fitzgerald
Frank Ward
Mick Murphy
Ben McKenna
 
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
Km
1385.6
1474.2
1344.0
1277.0
1163.0
1156.8
1021.6
1065.0
1497.0
1320.0
Stages' Time
35:48:00
42:44:44
36:03:13
33:57:44
32:04:28
32:19:56
24:54:34
25:43:15
37:16:24
34:32:42
Stages' average
38.7
34.5
37.3
37.6
36.3
35.8
41.0
41.4
40.2
38.2
Winner time
35:47:51
43:05:19
36:06:36
34:09:17
32:19:54
32:27:20
25:02:38
25:50:07
37:33:01
34:48:55
Winner average
38.7
34.2
37.2
37.4
36.0
35.6
40.8
41.2
39.9
37.9
Deficit
-00:09
20:35
03:23
11:33
15:26
07:24
08:04
06:52
16:37
16:13
Winner
Paddy Flanagan
Tom Finn
Sé O Hanlon
Z. Glowaty
Paddy Flanagan
Sé O Hanlon
Sé O Hanlon
Sé O Hanlon
Milan Hrazdira
Brian Connaughton
 
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
Km
1415.0
1357.0
1358.4
1464.2
1164.0
1100.0
1200.2
1258.0
1226.6
1248.3
Stages' Time
36:43:44
37:29:57
36:42:50
40:55:31
29:14:51
29:02:04
31:55:37
32:24:38
30:12:14
31:16:38
Stages' average
38.5
36.2
37.0
35.8
39.8
37.9
37.6
38.8
40.6
39.9
Winner time
36:58:12
37:37:06
36:58:33
41:04:16
29:21:32
29:08:59
32:05:31
32:46:30
30:22:34
31:26:23
Winner average
38.3
36.1
36.7
35.7
39.6
37.7
37.4
38.4
40.4
39.7
Deficit
14:28
07:09
15:43
08:45
06:41
06:54
09:54
21:52
10:20
09:45
Winner
A. Gysiatnikov
Com Nulty
John Mangan
Mike O Donaghue
Peter Doyle
Paddy Flanagan
F. Steuten
Y. Lavyrushkin
Séamus Kennedy
Stephen Roche
 
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
Km
1278.4
1263.4
1333.8
1298.0
1316.0
1220.0
1196.3
1242.5
1450.7
1367.0
Stages' Time
30:55:12
30:33:44
33:32:35
32:23:45
31:23:49
31:31:43
31:02:22
30:50:31
34:22:30
34:37:48
Stages' average
41.3
41.3
39.8
40.1
41.9
38.5
38.5
40.3
42.2
39.5
Winner time
31:02:31
31:14:02
33:46:22
32:34:00
31:31:45
31:47:25
31:17:24
31:00:11
34:28:41
35:03:07
Winner average
41.2
40.4
39.5
39.9
41.7
38.4
38.2
40.1
42.1
39.0
Deficit
07:19
40:18
13:47
10:15
07:56
15:42
15:02
09:40
06:11
25:19
Winner
Billy Kerr
Jamie McGahan
Dermot Gilleran
Philip Cassidy
Stephen Delany
N. Kosiakov
Stephen Spratt
Paul McCormack
Paul McCormack
D. Ozolse
 
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
Km
1211.0
1282.0
1247.0
1291.9
1292.2
1289.8
1344.0
1255.7
1260.8
1287.4
Stages' Time
29:22:21
32:55:46
32:45:26
30:35:01
30:14:40
31:32:38
32:09:35
30:01:38
29:38:35
30:51:43
Stages' average
41.2
38.9
38.1
42.2
42.7
40.9
41.8
41.8
42.5
41.7
Winner time
29:30:16
33:06:56
33:06:56
30:41:20
30:19:22
31:45:24
32:22:05
30:09:11
29:44:49
30:56:04
Winner average
41.0
38.7
37.7
42.1
42.6
40.6
41.6
41.6
42.4
41.6
Deficit
07:55
11:10
21:30
06:19
04:42
12:46
12:30
07:43
06:14
04:21
Winner
Ian Chivers
Kevin Kimmage
Stephen Spratt
Eamonn Byrne
Declan Lonergan
Paul McQuaid
Tommy Evans
Andrew Roche
Ciarán Power
Philip Cassidy
 
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
Km
1280.0
1114.0
1176.7
1187.8
1147.4
1094.8
1231.6
1179.0
1226.0
1287.4
Stages' Time
31:16:21
25:51:58
28:14:20
29:02:43
27:14:37
26:32:35
29:06:37
27:16:48
30:28:03
30:51:45
Stages' average
40.9
43.1
41.7
40.9
42.1
41.2
42.3
43.2
40.2
41.7
Winner time
31:23:40
25:52:31
28:15:42
29:10:10
27:17:12
26:32:39
29:16:33
27:27:13
30:34:30
30:57:17
Winner average
40.8
43.0
41.6
40.7
42.0
41.2
42.1
42.9
40.1
41.6
Deficit
07:19
00:33
01:22
07:27
02:35
00:04
00:04
10:25
06:27
05:32
Winner
Julian Winn
Paul Manning
Ciarán Power
C. Newton
David McCann
C. Newton
K. House
T. Martin
Stephen Gallagher
S. Richardson
 
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Km
1064.0
1250.6
1167.5
1180.5
1265.6
1179.9
1233.9
1199.8
Stages' Time
24:40:11
30:37:15
26:54:59
27:05:20
29:42:26
27:32:44
28:22:12
26:44:40
Stages' average
43.1
40.8
43.4
43.6
42.6
42.8
43.5
44.8
Winner time
24:44:13
30:39:48
26:55:57
37:06:35
29:47:16
27:38:19
28:22:56
26:47:56
Winner average
43.0
40.8
43.4
43.5
42.6
42.7
43.5
44.9
Deficit
04:02
02:33
00:58
01:15
04:50
05:35
00:44
02:16
Winner
Wetterhall, A.
Bagdonas. G.
Baldo, N.
Bialoblocki, M.
Fankhauser, C.
Postleberger, L.
Fankhauser, C.
Gullen, J.