The Circle of Death: “Murderers!”, yelled Octave Lapize

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

“Murderers!” Octave Lapize yelled at the Tour organizers at the summit of the Col d’Aubisque in 1910. The Aubisque was the day’s sixth of seven mountains. Here Lapize is close to the summit of the third and highest, the 2,115-meter (6,939 feet) Col du Tourmalet. He would eventually be crowned winner in Paris. It was the only Tour he ever finished.

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.

All images on this website published by VeloPress with permission of their copyright holders, including but not limited to Getty Images, Agence France Presse, L’Equipe, Gamma-Keystone, Pressesports, and Gamma-Rapho.


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