“We run on dynamite.” Henri Pelissier, his brother Francis, and Maurice Ville Speak Out on Drugs

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

Henri Pelissier, his brother Francis, and Maurice Ville speak to the reporter Albert Londres after withdrawing from the race in protest against Henri Desgrange’s arcane clothing regulations in 1924. “We run on dynamite,” Francis told Londres after showing him the drugs they were using: cocaine, chloroform, horse ointment, and boxes of pills.

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.

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