The First Woman in Professional Cycling: Shelley Verses at the 1986 Tour de France

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

Another piece of history was made by Shelley Verses, the American soigneur with the French Toshiba squad. Verses was believed to be the first woman to work for a team, first coming with the American 7-Eleven squad in 1986. On the massage table, studying the results sheet, is Jean-Francois Bernard, who was tipped as Hinault’s successor but could not emulate the Badger.

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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