On this day: the first Tour de France

Maurice Garin, the winner of the 1903 Tour de France.

The winner of the 1903 title.

The first Tour de France bike race began in Montgeron on the 1st of July, 1903.

Created to promote the publication L’Auto (now L’Équipe) over its rival Le Vélo, it was run in six long stages, eventually finishing in Paris.

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Maurice Garin in 1897

The winner was Italian-born French cyclist Maurice Garin. He was stripped of his second title in 1904 for cheating.

Amongst the allegations was a claim he had taken a train between start and finish points.

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