A Giant of the Road: Francois Faber in the 1909 Tour de France

Tour de France 100 : A Photographic History of the Tour de France

Francois Faber runs toward victory in the 1909 Tour. The Luxembourger was the first non-French winner but was raised in Paris and known as “the Giant of Colombes”: he was over 6 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds. Despite his size, he was named by L’Auto as meilleur grimpeur (best climber). He was killed during World War I after bravely attempting to rescue an injured colleague from no-man’s-land.

This photograph celebrating the history of the Tour de France is one of 250 rare and restored photographs from the new book Tour de France 100, which is featured this June and July in your local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Please visit tomorrow morning to see a new image from the history of the Tour de France.

The Tour de France, first staged in 1903, is the world’s greatest sports spectacle, packed with heart-stopping drama, legendary rivalries, bitter tragedy, and outright farce. To celebrate the 100th Tour de France, award-winning author Richard Moore has researched Tour de France 100, a superb celebration in photographs and stories about the world’s greatest race.

All images on this website published by VeloPress with permission of their copyright holders, including but not limited to Getty Images, Agence France Presse, L’Equipe, Gamma-Keystone, Pressesports, and Gamma-Rapho.

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