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.

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.

Alpine Beauty: The Col du Galibier

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

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.