Alpine Beauty: The Col du Galibier

Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the Tour de France; TDF100

The riders of the 1987 Tour scale the majestic Col du Galibier, which, at 2,645 meters (8,678 feet), is often the highest point of the race. Close to the top is a monument to Henri Desgrange, the Tour’s founder, and ever year that the race visits the Galibier the “Souvenir Henri Desgrange” is awarded to the first rider to reach the summit.

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.

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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