Tour de France in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 111

  • 1902-11-20 Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
  • 1903-01-19 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • 1903-07-01 Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris
  • 1903-07-19 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
  • 1904-07-24 2nd Tour de France won by Henri Cornet of France
  • 1905-07-30 3rd Tour de France won by Louis Trousselier of France
  • 1906-07-29 4th Tour de France won by Rene Pottier of France
  • 1907-08-04 Tour de France: Lucien Petit-Breton of France beats countryman Gustave Garrigou to win first of 2 Tour victories
  • 1908-08-09 Tour de France: French road cyclist Lucien Petit-Breton successfully defends his title beating François Faber of Luxembourg
  • 1909-08-01 Tour de France: François Faber of Luxembourg becomes the first foreigner to win the cycling classic
  • 1910-07-31 8th Tour de France won by Octave Lapize of France
  • 1911-07-30 9th Tour de France won by Gustave Garrigou of France
  • 1912-07-28 10th Tour de France won by Odile Defraye of Belgium
  • 1913-07-27 11th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1914-07-26 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1919-07-27 13th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium
  • 1920-07-27 14th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • 1921-07-24 15th Tour de France won by Leon Scieur of Belgium
  • 1922-07-23 16th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium
  • 1923-07-22 17th Tour de France won by Henri Pelissier of France
  • 1924-07-20 18th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
  • 1925-07-19 19th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
  • 1926-07-18 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • 1927-07-17 21st Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • 1928-07-15 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • 1929-07-28 23rd Tour de France won by Maurice De Waele of Belgium
  • 1930-07-27 24th Tour de France won by Andre Leducq of France
  • 1931-07-26 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • 1932-07-31 26th Tour de France won by Andre Leducq of France
  • 1933-07-23 27th Tour de France won by Georges Speicher of France
  • 1934-07-29 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • 1935-07-28 29th Tour de France won by Romain Maes of Belgium
  • 1936-08-02 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his second title from Frenchman Antone Magne
  • 1937-07-25 31st Tour de France won by Roger Lapebie of France
  • 1938-07-31 32nd Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • 1939-07-30 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his 3rd title from Frenchman René Vietto
  • 1947-07-20 34th Tour de France won by Jean Robic of France
  • 1948-07-25 35th Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • 1949-07-24 36th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • 1950-08-07 Tour de France: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win Tour; Louison Bobet of France wins mountain classification
  • 1951-07-29 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
  • 1952-07-19 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • 1953-07-26 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins first of 3 consecutive Tour general classification events
  • 1954-08-01 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins by 15' 49" from Ferdinand Kübler, for the second of his 3 consecutive wins
  • 1955-07-30 Tour de France: Frenchman Louison Bobet makes it 3 straight general classification victories
  • 1956-07-28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • 1957-07-20 44th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • 1958-07-19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
  • 1959-07-18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • 1960-07-17 47th Tour de France won by Gastone Nencini of Italy
  • 1961-07-16 48th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France

  • 1962-07-15 49th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • 1963-07-14 50th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • 1964-07-14 51st Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • 1965-07-14 52nd Tour de France won by Felice Gimondi of Italy
  • 1966-07-14 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • 1967-07-23 54th Tour de France won by Roger Pingeon of France
  • 1968-07-21 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • 1969-07-20 56th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1970-07-19 57th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1971-07-18 58th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1972-07-22 59th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1973-07-22 60th Tour de France won by Luis Ocana of Spain
  • 1974-07-21 61st Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • 1975-07-20 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • 1976-07-18 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium
  • 1977-07-24 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • 1978-07-23 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1979-07-22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1980-07-20 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands
  • 1981-07-19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1982-07-25 69th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1983-07-24 70th Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France
  • 1984-07-22 71st Tour de France won by Laurent Fignon of France
  • 1985-07-21 72nd Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • 1986-07-27 73rd Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • 1987-07-26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland
  • 1988-07-24 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain
  • 1989-07-23 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • 1990-07-22 77th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • 1990-09-27 Tour de France champion Greg LeMond visits White House
  • 1991-07-28 Tour de France: Spanish rider Miguel Induráin beats Gianni Bugno of Italy by 3' 36" for 1st of 5 consecutive Tour wins; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner
  • 1992-07-26 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain defends his title by 4' 35" from Italian Claudio Chiappucci; Laurent Jalabert points winner
  • 1993-07-25 Tour de France: Spaniard Miguel Induráin makes it 3 straight Tour titles; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner
  • 1994-07-24 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 4th consecutive Tour, 5' 39" ahead of Piotr Ugrumov; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner
  • 1995-07-23 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 5th consecutive Tour, 4' 35" ahead of Alex Zülle; Laurent Jalabert points winner
  • 1996-07-21 83rd Tour de France won by Bjarne Riis of Denmark
  • 1997-07-27 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany
  • 1998-08-02 Tour de France: Marco Pantani of Italy makes it a Tour & Giro d'Italia double, German Erik Zabel is points winner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-07-25 86th Tour de France: Lance Armstrong wins 1st of 7 consecutive Tour de France titles but is later disqualified for drug cheating

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884-08-04 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • 1886-03-14 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), born in Florennes, Namur, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • 1887-01-26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), born in Aulnay-sur-lton, France (d. 1915)
  • 1889-01-22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1890-10-08 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1904-02-15 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • 1905-06-21 Jacques Goddet, French sports journalist and publisher (Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • 1909-08-27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • 1912-08-10 Romain Maes, Belgian bicylist (Tour de France 1935)
  • 1919-07-24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2017)
  • 1920-02-03 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • 1923-03-25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), born in Fijnaart, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 1925-03-12 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France (d. 1983)
  • 1934-01-08 Jacques Anquetil, French Tour de France cyclist (5-time winner)
  • 1945-06-17 Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)
  • 1954-11-14 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist (Tour de France)
  • 1960-08-12 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1961-06-26 Greg LeMond, American professional road cyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1964-07-16 Miguel Induráin, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France winner 1991-95), born in Villava, Spain
  • 1970-01-13 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)

Person of interestLance Armstrong

1971-09-18 Lance Armstrong, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France titles) banned for illegal drug use, born in Plano, Texas

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 1980-04-28 Bradley Wiggins, British cyclist (Olympic gold 2004, 2008 Tour de France 2012), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1982-12-06 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and 2007 Tour de France winner

Deaths in Sport

  • 1915-05-09 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), dies of gunshot wounds at 28
  • 1935-05-01 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), dies of a gunshot wound at 46
  • 1940-08-16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • 1964-01-19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • 1966-12-05 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1971-01-16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • 1983-02-22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • 1983-03-13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983-09-08 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • 1987-11-18 Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (5x Tour de France), dies at 53
  • 1991-10-17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 1994-05-19 Luis Ocana, Span cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • 2003-05-01 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • 2004-02-14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • 2010-08-31 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), dies of cancer at 50
  • 2016-12-29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97