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

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

Louison Bobet on the Bald Mountain, Mont Ventoux, its incredible moonscape forming a surreal backdrop as he rides to victory on the stage and his third consecutive overall win in 1955.

This photograph celebrating the history of the Tour de France is a low-resolution version from the new book Tour de France 100. Please visit this site tomorrow to see another image from the book’s 250 stunning, rare and restored photographs 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.

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