The 2012 Tour de France is the 100th such race, as it began in 1903 and was skipped during the World War I and II years. The origin of the race is an interesting story, involving anti-semitism, treason, and journalistic squabbling. The Public Domain Review has pictures of the event, including this one from the finish line. The winner, Maurice Garin, is the one man smiling. Link -via Nag on the Lake
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