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.
Award-winning author Richard Moore was just interviewed about le Tour, present and past.
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.
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.
Chris Froome Leads Bradley Wiggins During the 2012 Tour de France
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 great comeback: Perhaps the most famous time trial in Tour history.
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 gift: Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani climbing to the summit of Mont Ventoux in 2000.
Louison Bobet on the Bald Mountain, Mont Ventoux, at the 1955 Tour de France
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
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.
Marco Pantani at Stage 12 of the 1998 Tour de France
Poulidor and Federico Bahamontes lead the bunch through the mountains during the 1963 race.
Hinault keeps a wary eye on his former protégé, Laurent Fignon, as the two go head-to-head in the 1984 Tour.
Henri Pelissier, his brother Francis, and Maurice Ville Speak Out on Drugs
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.