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

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

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

Henri Desgrange had been a racing cyclist before becoming a journalist with L’Auto and the first organizer of the Tour. He feared for its future as early as the second race, writing, “The Tour de France is finished, and the second edition will, I fear, also be the last. It has died of its success, of the blind passions that it unleashed, the abuse, and the dirty suspicions.” Here he is toward the end of his 33-year reign, in 1932, alongside the Italian touriste-routier Amerigo Caccioni in Monpellier, before stage 8.

This photograph celebrating the history of the Tour de France is one of 250 rare and restored photographs from the 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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