Tour de France

Maurice Garin, winner of the first Tour de France standing on the right. The man on the left is possibly Leon Georget (1903)
Fabian Cancellara pictured at the 2010 Tour de France. He is the rider who has worn the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification for the most days without having ever been the overall winner
Richard Virenque pictured at the 2003 Tour de France wearing the polka dot jersey. He won the mountains classification a record seven times.
Alessandro Petacchi in the green jersey
Andy Schleck in the white jersey
Prize money in 2013 Euros in the Tour de France.
A collected peloton in the 2006 Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins riding the stage 9 individual time trial of the 2012 Tour de France
Altitude profile of the Alpe d'Huez climb
Vehicles from the 2014 Tour de France Publicity Caravan
Start of the 2015 Tour de France in Utrecht
Part of the crowd during most days of the Tour is Didi Senft who, in a red devil costume, has been the Tour devil since 1993.
School book by Augustine Fouillée under the 'nom de plume' G. Bruno.
Spectators' banner during the 2006 Tour de France

Annual men's multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries.

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A breakaway of riders during the 2021 Giro d'Italia

Grand Tour (cycling)

A breakaway of riders during the 2021 Giro d'Italia

In road bicycle racing, a Grand Tour is one of the three major European professional cycling stage races: Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta a España.

The yellow jersey worn by Fabian Cancellara during 2015 Tour de France (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)

General classification in the Tour de France

The yellow jersey worn by Fabian Cancellara during 2015 Tour de France (collection KOERS. Museum of Cycle Racing)
Plaque in the city of Grenoble, celebrating the centenary of the presentation of the first yellow jersey on 19 July 1919
Winner of the 1965 Tour's general classification Felice Gimondi wearing the yellow jersey with the initials of Henri Desgrange, the first organiser of the Tour de France

The general classification is the most important classification, the one by which the winner of the Tour de France is determined.

Armstrong before the 2009 Tour Down Under

Lance Armstrong

American former professional road racing cyclist.

American former professional road racing cyclist.

Armstrong before the 2009 Tour Down Under
Armstrong (center left) during the amateur race at the 1990 UCI Road World Championships
Armstrong finishing third in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at Grand Prix Midi Libre.
Armstrong riding the prologue of the 2004 Tour de France
Armstrong wearing the yellow jersey at the 2005 Tour de France
Armstrong riding for Astana on Stage 17 of the 2009 Tour de France
Armstong riding in the 2010 Tour de France in his RadioShack jersey
Armstrong (center) on the set of College GameDay during the 2006 UT football season
President George W. Bush and Armstrong mountain biking at the president's Prairie Chapel Ranch.
Armstrong and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Regarded as a sports icon for winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, Armstrong's reputation was tarnished by a doping scandal that led to him being stripped of his Tour de France titles.

Contador at the 2017 Tour de France

Alberto Contador

Spanish former professional cyclist.

Spanish former professional cyclist.

Contador at the 2017 Tour de France
Contador with the team in 2006
Contador wearing the yellow jersey during the 19th stage of the 2007 Tour de France.
Contador wearing the pink jersey during the 21st stage of the 2008 Giro d'Italia.
Contador wearing the golden jersey during the 20th stage of the 2008 Vuelta a España.
Contador wearing the yellow jersey leading Andy Schleck at the 2009 Tour de France.
Contador wearing the yellow jersey following Andy Schleck on the Col du Tourmalet during the 2010 Tour de France. He was later stripped of this title.
Contador, wearing the maglia rosa as the winner of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, in Milan. He was later stripped of this title.
Contador with Chris Froome at the 2013 Tour de France
Contador at the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné
Contador after his 2014 Tour de France crash, going to a medical facility with crutches
Alberto Contador at the 2015 Vuelta a Andalucía
Contador wearing the maglia rosa at the 2015 Giro d'Italia
Contador during the 2017 Paris–Nice

Contador won his second Tour de France on 26 July with a winning margin of 4' 11" over Andy Schleck, and finished 5' 24" ahead of Armstrong, who finished third in his return to the Tour after a four-year absence.

Hinault at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné

Bernard Hinault

French former professional road cyclist.

French former professional road cyclist.

Hinault at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné
Hinault at the 1978 Tour de France
Joop Zoetemelk (pictured in 1979) was Hinault's strongest competitor during his first Tour de France victories.
Hinault at the 1982 Tour de France
Hinault climbing the Col d'Izoard during the 1986 Tour de France. It was here that he lost significant time on rival Greg LeMond, losing the yellow jersey by the end of the stage.
Hinault in his role as presenter at the Tour de France, in 2004

With 147 professional victories, including five in the Tour de France, he is often named among the greatest cyclists of all time.

Chris Froome

British road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam.

British road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam.

Froome at the 2007 Tour of Britain, during his first season as a professional
Froome on the 2008 Tour de France's final Champs-Élysées stage in Paris, riding in his first season for
Froome and Juan José Cobo, on stage 19 of the 2011 Vuelta a España. Cobo was subsequently disqualified for doping, and Froome declared the winner.
Froome riding in support of Bradley Wiggins at the Tour de France, where he finished second to Wiggins in the general classification
Froome during the time trial at the 2012 Olympics, finishing the race with the bronze medal
Froome in the leader's jersey on stage five's individual time trial at the 2013 Tour de Romandie
Froome beat Nairo Quintana to win stage 15 of the 2013 Tour de France.
Froome wearing the leader's jersey on stage six of the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné
Froome wearing the yellow jersey during stage thirteen of the 2015 Tour de France
Froome on Stage 18 of the 2016 Tour de France
Froome at the 2017 Tour de France
Froome on the podium in Madrid after winning the 2017 Vuelta a Espana
Froome (right) on the Colle delle Finestre on Stage 19 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia shortly before his decisive solo attack.

He has won seven Grand Tours: four editions of the Tour de France (in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), one Giro d'Italia (2018) and the Vuelta a España twice (2011 and 2017).

Wout van Aert wearing the white jersey at the 2019 Tour de France

Young rider classification in the Tour de France

Wout van Aert wearing the white jersey at the 2019 Tour de France

The young rider classification is a secondary competition in the Tour de France, that started in 1975.

Eddy Merckx in August 1973

Eddy Merckx

Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who is among the most successful riders in the history of competitive cycling.

Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer who is among the most successful riders in the history of competitive cycling.

Eddy Merckx in August 1973
Merckx finished in twelfth position in the men's road race at the 1966 UCI Road World Championships.
At the 1967 Giro d'Italia Merckx won his first Grand Tour stages on the way to finishing ninth overall.
During the twelfth stage of the 1968 Giro d'Italia, Merckx caught the leading group, passed them, and rode solo to the stage finish atop the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (pictured) in poor weather to win the stage and take the race lead.
The Velodrome Eddy Merckx at Mourenx was named in honor of Merckx in 1999 due to his efforts during the seventeenth stage at the 1969 Tour de France.
Fernand Wambst, who was regarded as a great derny driver, agreed to pace Merckx in the omnium events in Blois.
After winning the fourteenth stage to the summit of Mont Ventoux during the 1970 Tour de France, Merckx had to be given oxygen.
Spaniard Luis Ocaña (pictured at the 1973 Tour de France) was one of Merckx's major rivals during the 1971 Tour de France.
While descending the Col du Cucheron during the ninth stage of the 1971 Tour de France, Merckx suffered a puncture. Seeing this, his rivals attacked and wound up gaining 1' 30" on Merckx.
Raymond Poulidor (pictured at the 1966 Tour de France) won the Paris–Nice after taking the lead away from Merckx in the race's final stage, an individual time trial.
Ernesto Colnago designed the bike Merckx used (pictured) during his hour record attempt to be similar to Merckx's track bike. The bike weighed 5.9 kilograms and saw two hundred hours put into its production.
Felice Gimondi (pictured in 1966) won the men's road race at the 1973 UCI Road World Championships, ahead of Merckx who was unable to contest the final sprint to the line, finishing last out of the leading group of four.
With his victory in the men's road race at the 1974 UCI Road World Championships and his victories in two Grand Tours, the Giro and Tour, Merckx became the first rider to win the Triple Crown of Cycling.
Merckx crossing the finish line to win the 1975 Amstel Gold Race
Raphaël Géminiani (pictured during the 1954 Tour de France) became Merckx's new team manager with Fiat France for the 1977 season.
Merckx (pictured in 2010) was a successful cyclist on the road and on the track, with 525 victories to his credit over the course of his career.
Merckx (pictured during at 1969 Six Days of Milan) was involved in three separate doping incidents during his career.

His victories include an unequalled eleven Grand Tours (five Tours of France, five Tours of Italy, and a Tour of Spain), all five Monuments, setting the hour record, three World Championships, every major one-day race other than Paris–Tours, and extensive victories on the track.

LeMond in 2009

Greg LeMond

American former professional road racing cyclist, entrepreneur, and anti-doping advocate.

American former professional road racing cyclist, entrepreneur, and anti-doping advocate.

LeMond in 2009
LeMond's combination classification jersey of the 1985 Tour de France
LeMond (left) in the 1986 Coors Classic
LeMond in 1989 at the Tour de Trump
LeMond starts the final time trial of the 1989 Tour de France
LeMond leading the 1990 Tour de France
Former Tour champions Greg LeMond (fourth from left) and Laurent Fignon (center) climb with the "autobus" to Sestriere on Stage 13 of the 1991 Giro d'Italia
LeMond riding on a carbon fiber bicycle in the 1991 Tour de France
LeMond (left) at the 2010 Interbike trade show
LeMond addresses the Play the Game 2009 conference
Greg LeMond at Carrefour de l'Arbre, near Roubaix, April 2015

A two-time winner of the Road Race World Championship (1983 and 1989) and a three-time winner of the Tour de France (1986, 1989, and 1990), LeMond is considered by many to be the greatest American cyclist of all time, one of the great all-round cyclists of the modern era, and an icon of the sport's globalisation.

Induráin in 2009

Miguel Induráin

Retired Spanish road racing cyclist.

Retired Spanish road racing cyclist.

Induráin in 2009
Induráin with the trophy won at the 1991 Tour de France
Induráin at the 1993 Tour de France
Induráin's yellow jersey, 1995 Tour de France.
Miguel Induráin in the 1996 Criterium Ciutat de L'Hospitalet

Induráin won five Tours de France from 1991 to 1995, the fourth, and last, to win five times, and the only five-time winner to achieve those victories consecutively.