Domestique Duty: Collecting Bidons from the Team Car

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


A domestique on drinks duty fills his pockets with liquid refreshments to carry up to his leader. 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.

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.

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