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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The front page of L'Équipe on 4 July 2011

L'Équipe

French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport, owned by Éditions Philippe Amaury.

French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sport, owned by Éditions Philippe Amaury.

The front page of L'Équipe on 4 July 2011
De Dion on one of his company's early products.
Maurice Garin, winner of the first Tour de France

L'Auto originated the Tour de France road cycling stage race in 1903 as a circulation booster.

Virenque at the 2003 Tour de France

Richard Virenque

Retired French professional road racing cyclist.

Retired French professional road racing cyclist.

Virenque at the 2003 Tour de France
Richard Virenque, King of the Mountains, 1999
One of Virenque's devoted army of supporters

He was a climber, best remembered for winning the King of the Mountains competition of the Tour de France a record seven times, but he is best known from the general French public as one of the central figures in a widespread doping scandal in 1998, the Festina Affair, and for repeatedly denying his involvement despite damning evidence.

Roche at the 1993 Tour de France

Stephen Roche

Irish former professional road racing cyclist.

Irish former professional road racing cyclist.

Roche at the 1993 Tour de France
Roche riding in the final time trial at the 1987 Tour de France
Roche riding an individual time trial at the 1993 Tour de France

In a 13-year professional career, he peaked in 1987, becoming the second of only two cyclists to win the Triple Crown of victories in the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia general classification, plus the World road race championship, the first was Eddy Merckx.

Basso at the 2015 Tour de France

Ivan Basso

Italian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 1999 and 2015 for seven different teams.

Italian former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 1999 and 2015 for seven different teams.

Basso at the 2015 Tour de France
Basso during the 2003 Tour de France.
Basso (left) alongside Lance Armstrong at the 2004 Tour de France. Basso achieved his first Grand Tour stage victory at the race, on the twelfth stage.
Basso at the 2005 Tour de France, where he finished the race second overall.

There he grew up next door to Claudio Chiappucci, a former three-time stage winner in the Tour de France who was suspended for two years after being proven guilty of doping several times.

The 2016 green jersey, worn by Peter Sagan

Points classification in the Tour de France

The 2016 green jersey, worn by Peter Sagan

The points classification (classement par points) is a secondary competition in the Tour de France, which started in 1953.

Poulidor at the 1966 Tour de France

Raymond Poulidor

French professional racing cyclist, who rode for his entire career.

French professional racing cyclist, who rode for his entire career.

Poulidor at the 1966 Tour de France
Poulidor at the 1966 Tour de France
Poulidor at the 1976 Tour de France
Poulidor at the 2004 Tour de France

He was known as "The Eternal Second", because he never won the Tour de France despite finishing in second place three times, and in third place five times (including his final Tour at the age of 40).

Wiggins at the 2015 UEC European Track Championships

Bradley Wiggins

British former professional road and track racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2001 and 2016.

British former professional road and track racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2001 and 2016.

Wiggins at the 2015 UEC European Track Championships
Wiggins began track cycling at the age of 12, at Herne Hill Velodrome, pictured in 2009.
Manchester Velodrome, pictured in 2010, where Wiggins won two silver medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Wiggins finished fourth in the prologue of the 2007 Tour de France in London, riding in his second season for.
Mark Cavendish (foreground) handing over to Wiggins, on their way to winning gold in the Madison at the 2008 track world championships in Manchester.
Wiggins finished fourth in the 2009 Tour de France (later promoted to third after Lance Armstrong's results were annulled in 2012), riding for . Pictured on stage 17, riding the Col de la Colombière.
Wiggins wearing the leader's pink jersey, following his win in opening time trial of the 2010 Giro d'Italia – his first win in a Grand Tour, riding in his first season for.
Wiggins in the yellow jersey, finishing the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, to take his first overall victory in a major stage race.
Wiggins riding the time trial on the final stage of the 2012 Paris–Nice, which he won, claiming the general classification.
Wiggins in yellow, on his way to victory in the 2012 Tour de France in the ceremonial stage in Paris.
Wiggins won gold in the time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming Great Britain's most decorated Olympian with seven medals – four of them gold.
Wiggins at the 2013 Giro d'Italia team's presentation
Wiggins wearing the leader's jersey at the 2013 Tour of Britain
Wiggins after the 2014 Paris–Roubaix, where he placed ninth
Wiggins in the world champions rainbow skinsuit at the 2015 Paris–Nice
Wiggins during his successful hour record attempt on 7 June 2015
Wiggins (far left) with the British team pursuit squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
Wiggins has helped design a range of clothing with mod label Fred Perry.
Wiggins rang the Olympic Bell to mark the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Wiggins celebrating his hour record of 54.526 km at London's Lee Valley VeloPark in June 2015

He is the only rider to have won both World and Olympic championships on both the track and the road as well as winning the Tour de France.

Vinokourov at the 2011 Tour de Romandie in Switzerland

Alexander Vinokourov

Kazakh former professional road bicycle racer and the current general manager of UCI WorldTeam.

Kazakh former professional road bicycle racer and the current general manager of UCI WorldTeam.

Vinokourov at the 2011 Tour de Romandie in Switzerland
Vinokourov races 2004 Worlds TT.
Vinokourov at 2006 Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Vinokourov at the 2005 Tour de France sign-in, in Pforzheim.
Vinokourov at the team presentation for the 2006 Deutschland Tour in Düsseldorf, Germany
Vinokourov in 2011 Tour de Romandie prologue.
Vinokourov leads the break in 2012 Olympics RR.
Vinokourov riding the Time Trial at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Stamp of Kazakhstan, 2013

As a competitor, his achievements include two bronze medals at the World Championships, four stage wins in the Tour de France, four in the Vuelta a España plus the overall title in 2006, two Liège–Bastogne–Liège monuments, one Amstel Gold Race, and most recently, the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics Men's Road Race.

Schleck at the 2013 Tour de Suisse

Andy Schleck

Luxembourgish former professional road bicycle racer.

Luxembourgish former professional road bicycle racer.

Schleck at the 2013 Tour de Suisse
Schleck wearing the white jersey at the 2009 Tour de France; he leads Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador during the climb of Mont Ventoux.
Schleck at the 2010 Tour de France; he is wearing the white jersey of the young rider classification leader.
Schleck at the 2011 Tour de France
Yellow Jersey signed by Andy Schleck (2011)

Their father Johny Schleck rode the Tour de France and Vuelta a España between 1965 and 1974.

2010 Tour de France

Lance Armstrong followed by other favourites on stage 9
Alberto Contador in the start of the stage 17 in Pau

The 2010 Tour de France was the 97th edition of the Tour de France cycle race, one of cycling's Grand Tours.