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How the Tour de France Has Changed

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Before the Tour de France this summer, Discovery News posted an interesting story featuring Tour de France 100: How the Tour de France Has Changed.

Richard Moore’s PodiumCafe Interview on le Tour de France: Past and Present

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Award-winning author Richard Moore was just interviewed about le Tour, present and past.

Tour de France Cycling Jerseys of the Golden Era

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An aerial view of the peloton as it passes through Brest during the 1974 Tour de France. Among the teams represented are Peugeot, Kas, Molteni, and Brooklyn, sporting some of the iconic jerseys and small peaked caps from what many agree was a golden era for the sport.

Summit Sprint: Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins, and Vincenzo Nibali in the 2012 Tour de France

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Defending champion Cadel Evans leads Bradley Wiggins and Vincenzo Nibali, who would eventually finish third, at the end of stage 7, to La Planche des Belles Filles, the first summit finish of the 2012 Tour.

Who Leads Whom? Chris Froome Leads Bradley Wiggins During the 2012 Tour de France

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Chris Froome Leads Bradley Wiggins During the 2012 Tour de France

On the Brink: Cadel Evans on Alpe d’Huez at the 2011 Tour de France

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Cadel Evans is comforted by fans after stage 19 of the 2011 race, which finished atop Alpe d'Huez. He had done enough to remain in contention; the next day, he would claim yellow to become Australia's first-ever winner.

The Most Famous Time Trial in History

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The great comeback: Perhaps the most famous time trial in Tour history.

Alpine Beauty: The Col du Galibier

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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.

The Armstrong Era

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The gift: Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani climbing to the summit of Mont Ventoux in 2000.

Moonscape: Louison Bobet on the Bald Mountain, Mont Ventoux, at the 1955 Tour de France

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Louison Bobet on the Bald Mountain, Mont Ventoux, at the 1955 Tour de France

Armstrong’s Downfall

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Perhaps the single most dramatic moment of the Lance Armstrong era.

Podium Cafe on Tour de France 100: “Like a 60-inch plasma screen” of Tour photographs

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Podium Cafe on Tour de France 100: "Like a 60-inch plasma screen" of Tour photographs

Old Master, Young Pretender: LeMond and Indurain

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Greg LeMond, in the rainbow jersey of world champion, leads a young Miguel Indurain on their breakaway to Luz Ardiden on stage 16 of the 1990 Tour.

A Dark Shadow: Marco Pantani at Stage 12 of the 1998 Tour de France

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Marco Pantani at Stage 12 of the 1998 Tour de France

Into Thin Air: Poulidor and Federico Bahamontes lead the 1963 Tour de France.

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Poulidor and Federico Bahamontes lead the bunch through the mountains during the 1963 race.

The Best of France: Bernard Hinault

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Hinault keeps a wary eye on his former protégé, Laurent Fignon, as the two go head-to-head in the 1984 Tour.

“We run on dynamite.” Henri Pelissier, his brother Francis, and Maurice Ville Speak Out on Drugs

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Henri Pelissier, his brother Francis, and Maurice Ville Speak Out on Drugs

Night Stages: Into the Darkness of the 1903 Tour de France

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They started at 2 a.m., when the Pyrenees were shrouded in darkness: Lapize pushes his bike up the Col de Peyresourde, helped by the headlights of a following car.

The Best Table in the House: The Three 5-Time Winners of the Tour de France

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The three five-time Tour winners meet at the 1987 race: Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Jacques Anquetil. Anquetil would die just four months later of stomach cancer.

BikeRumor Reviews Tour de France 100: “Stories Well Told”

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“There is such great depth in the writing that you will not simply thumb through the book and be done with it, but will instead be drawn in by the stories being well-told.” — BikeRumor

Tour de France: Coppi vs. Bartali

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Tour winner Fausto Coppi leads his archrival, Gino Bartali, through the high mountains of the 1949 Tour de France.

Active.com on Tour de France 100: “The photography is stunning and leaves no stone unturned.”

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“If you're looking for one on the greatest race of them all, you need look no further than The Tour de France 100. The photography is stunning and leaves no stone unturned.” — Active.com

Cobbled Crossing: Jacques Goddet at the 1937 Tour de France

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The Tour crossing Vannes, in the cycling heartland of Brittany, toward the end of the 1937 race. It was Jacques Goddet's first Tour as director.

Red Kite Prayer Reviews Tour de France 100: “The Perfect Narration”

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“Were this a slide show, Moore’s text would make for the perfect narration, reminding us of the storylines that dominated each year’s race. He not only covers the racing action, he brings in the present…” — Red Kite Prayer

A Rare Color Photograph from the 1959 Tour de France: Bahamontes, Gaul, Riviere

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A rare color image from the 1959 Tour showing three of the best riders of the era: Bahamontes, Gaul, and Riviere.

The Snaking Peloton: 1951 Tour de France from Bert Hardy

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Before Graham Watson, there was British photographer Bert Hardy.

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

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Francois Faber in the 1909 Tour de France

The First Tour: L’Auto Front Page on the Morning of the First Ever Tour de France

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L'Auto created the Tour de France. Here's the front page on the morning of the first ever Tour.

Domestique Duty: Collecting Bidons from the Team Car

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Normally he would collect bidons (water bottles) from the team car, but in these days they would take what they could, often raiding bars or shops to collect cold drinks.

Blood Sport: A Crash in the Peloton at the 1962 Tour de France

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Joseph Thomin battles to rejoin the peloton after a nasty crash in 1962.

The Angel of the Mountains: Charly Gaul at the Col de la Cayolle, 1955 Tour de France

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Gaul won two mountain stages, finished third overall, and claimed the King of the Mountains.

The Service Course, 1951 Tour de France

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Team cars, packed with spare wheels, at a stage start during the 1951 Tour.

Not Roads, but Alpine Tracks: The 1920 Tour de France “Road” Was Unpaved

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A stark illustrations of the poor quality of the Tour de France road surfaces at the time.

The First Double Winner of the Tour de France: Maurice Garin

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The first double winner after Maurice Garin was stripped of his second Tour.

The Circle of Death: “Murderers!”, yelled Octave Lapize

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Octave Lapize at the summit of the Col d'Aubisque in the 1910 Tour de France.

Goddet and the First Tour Superchamp, Jacques Anquetil

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Jacques Goddet with the first five-time Tour de France winner, Jacques Anquetil, in 1963.

Father of the Tour: Henri Desgrange Fears for the Future of the Tour de France

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Henri Desgrange had been a racing cyclist before becoming a journalist with L'Auto and the first organizer of the Tour.