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Le Grand TourThe illustrious history of the world’s premiere bike race
Champs-Élysées crowds roar. At the swarm of sprinting cyclists, speeding by.
Cameras flash. As the Tour de France comes to another thrilling, neck-in-neck finish. Founded in 1903 to promote L’Auto, a daily sports newspaper, the race has grown into cycling’s preeminent competition. And France’s biggest sporting event. On July 4, the 2,000-mile trial of endurance begins again—23 days of cycling over flats, hills, and towering Alps. So celebrate biking’s grandest tour with this collection of race memorabilia.
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