The 30 Greatest Moments in Tour de France History

THE MOST MEMORABLE SCENES FROM CYCLING’S PREMIER EVENT.

BY WHIT YOST

Over its 116-year history, the Tour de France has challenged, disgraced, and immortalized the world’s greatest cyclists. But while each year brings fresh triumphs and heartbreaks, these are the 30 moments we will never forget.

1905 – The First Climb

The first two editions of the Tour de France were primarily flat affairs. So in an attempt to make the race more exciting, organizers introduced the Tour’s first major climb, the Ballon d’Alsace, in 1905. Riders were allowed to change their fixed-gear bikes at the base and again at the summit so they had appropriate gearing for the climb and descent. France’s René Pottier reached the top first, making him the first (albeit unofficial) King of the Mountains in Tour history.



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