The gift: Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani climbing to the summit of Mont Ventoux in 2000. They arrived at the finish together, and Pantani won the stage, though Armstrong didn’t contest it, offering it to the Italian as a gift. Pantani later said the he felt insulted, and a feud began between them.
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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