The First Tour: L’Auto Front Page on the Morning of the First Ever Tour de France

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

The front page of L’Auto on the morning of the first ever Tour de France, with the Tour’s itinerary forming a rectangle in the hexagon shape of France. The Tour’s founding newspaper was printed on yellow paper, which explained the color of the race leader’s jersey…though it would be 16 years before the maillot jaune would be adopted.

This photograph celebrating the history of the Tour de France is one of 250 rare and restored photographs from the new 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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