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July 19, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Tour de France finishes

On the 19th of July –

In 1903 the first edition of the Tour de France ended in a victory for Maurice Garin, with a 6 hour lead after 6 stages in 18 days with a total length of 2428 km.

Here he is (second from left) in a group of Tour laureates photographed in 1954:
Oud renners in de Tour de France '54. Thys, Garin, De Fraye, Lambot, R. Maes, Vanden Stuyft, Leon Scieur

And here is a video of a reenactment of the first ever ‘départ’ in 1903, staged in 1953 at the 50 year anniversary (not the 50th tour – WWI intervened):
CYCLISME : RECONSTITUTION DU DEPART DU 1ER TOUR DE FRANCE

This poster celebrates the centennial in 2003 (the 90th Tour because by now also WWII had intervened…)
Centenaire du Tour de France 1903-2003. 90e Tour de France du 5 au 27 juillet 2003

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