An Animated History of the Tour de France (Video)


A Few Random Facts About the Tour de France: Did you know?

  • The Tour de France was started as a publicity stunt for a newspaper wanting to grow circulation.
  • Only 21 of 60 riders finished the first race.
  • Riders rode single speed (fixed gear) bikes in the early days.
  • Private citizens could ride in the early races.
  • Riders rode through the night during the first two Tours.
  • The closest race ever was 8 seconds between 1st and 2nd place.
  • Only 10 riders finished the 1909 Tour.
  • 3.5 billion people watch the Tour de France annualy
What’s your favorite fact about the Tour de France?

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