Blood, sweat and gears: The Tour de France in pictures

by thewheatandthechaff

Eddie Merckx joins the Michelin man on the podium in 1975

Eddie Merckx joins the Michelin man on the podium in 1975

Below is a brief look at a lavish new book to coincide with the 100th edition of the the world’s most famous bike race, The Tour de France Official 100th Race Anniversary Edition, taken from  The Guardian.

L'Auto newspaper from the start of the first ever Tour de France

L’Auto newspaper from the start of the first ever Tour de France

Henri Cornet of France with team owner J Comte in 1904 – at 19, he was the youngest-ever winner of the Tour

Henri Cornet of France with team owner J Comte in 1904 – at 19, he was the youngest-ever winner of the Tour

 

A night start for the 345km Grenoble-Nice stage of the 1909 Tour

A night start for the 345km Grenoble-Nice stage of the 1909 Tour

Young shepherds look on perplexed as Firmin Lambot takes to his feet on the goat track that doubles as the road over the Aubisque pass in the Pyrenees during the 1913 Tour

Young shepherds look on perplexed as Firmin Lambot takes to his feet on the goat track that doubles as the road over the Aubisque pass in the Pyrenees during the 1913 Tour

The top riders at the 1914 Tour all drank 'Koto wine containing Peruvian coca', according to an advertorial that appeared in L'Auto

The top riders at the 1914 Tour all drank ‘Koto wine containing Peruvian coca’, according to an advertorial that appeared in L’Auto

 

a photograph from the Tour of 1928, which was won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg and his Alcyon-Dunlop team. This old lady was about to cross the street in her village when the peloton came streaming through

a photograph from the Tour of 1928, which was won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg. This old lady was about to cross the street in her village when the peloton came streaming through

As the cyclists pass through a small town on 3 July 1957 they are sprayed with water from a firehose to help cool off

As the cyclists pass through a small town on 3 July 1957 they are sprayed with water from a firehose to help cool off

Italian champion Fiorenzo Magni, who finished fourth, is grateful for a splash of cooling water in 1951

Italian champion Fiorenzo Magni, who finished fourth, is grateful for a splash of cooling water in 1951

Raymond Poulidor plays draughts with arch-rival Jacques Anquetil in a Paris Match picture that plays up the strategic rivalry between the two

Raymond Poulidor plays draughts with arch-rival Jacques Anquetil in a Paris Match picture that plays up the strategic rivalry between the two

Squeezed in between Julio Jimenez, Jacques Anquetil and some of their allies, Raymond Poulidor has let the third man on the Ford team, Lucien Aimar, slip away during the 1966 Tour

Squeezed in between Julio Jimenez, Jacques Anquetil and some of their allies, Raymond Poulidor has let the third man on the Ford team, Lucien Aimar, slip away during the 1966 Tour

In 1969 Eddie Merckx sets off alone on a break that lasted 140km in the Pyrenees

In 1969 Eddie Merckx sets off alone on a break that lasted 140km in the Pyrenees

Eddy Merckx attacks in the 1975 race in his bid to become the first rider of his era to win the Tour six times. In the end he finished second behind Bernard Thévenet of France, sitting on his shoulder

Eddy Merckx attacks in the 1975 race in his bid to become the first rider of his era to win the Tour six times. In the end he finished second behind Bernard Thévenet of France, sitting on his shoulder

Bernard ‘The Badger’ Hinault, one of the Tour greats, gathers breath after a time trial in 1979

Bernard ‘The Badger’ Hinault, one of the Tour greats, gathers breath after a time trial in 1979

The effort shows on Miguel Indurain's face as he's urged on towards yet another time trial victory by fans at the roadside in 1995

The effort shows on Miguel Indurain’s face as he’s urged on towards yet another time trial victory by fans at the roadside in 1995

Lance Armstrong's legend continued to grow as he completed a hat-trick of Tour victories in 2001. Armstong was stripped of all seven of his Tour titles in 2012

Lance Armstrong’s legend continued to grow as he completed a hat-trick of Tour victories in 2001. Armstong was stripped of all seven of his Tour titles in 2012

 

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