The First Tour de France

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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"Garin would go onto also win the next year’s race only to then be disqualified along with eight other riders for cheating including the illegal use of cars and trains."

Forget the doping scandal! Cheating has been the way of the Tour de France from the very beginning!
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