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Tour de France in History

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Events in Sport

Sports History

1902-11-20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

  • 1903-01-19 French newspaper L'Auto announces new 5-stage, long distance bicycle race, "Tour de France"
  • 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 René 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 Tour de France: Octave Lapize of France wins by just 4 points from Team Alcyon teammate François Faber of Luxembourg
  • 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: Belgian rider Philippe Thys becomes first to win the race 3 times
  • 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: Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg claims first of 2 consecutive titles by 1h 48' 21" from Belgian Maurice De Waele
  • 1928-07-15 22nd Tour de France: Defending champion Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg holds yellow jersey from start to finish; his Alcyon team has all 3 podium positions
  • 1929-07-28 23rd Tour de France won by Maurice De Waele of Belgium
  • 1930-07-27 24th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq scores first of 2 Tour victories (1932)
  • 1931-07-26 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • 1932-07-31 26th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq wins after tallying 6 stage victories; his second Tour triumph (1930)
  • 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: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications
  • 1939-07-30 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his 3rd title from Frenchman René Vietto
  • 1947-07-20 Tour de France: French rider Jean Robic takes lead on final stage to win overall classification; Pierre Brambilla of Italy mountains champion
  • 1948-07-25 35th Tour de France: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications for the second time (1938)
  • 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 42nd Tour de France: French cyclist Louison Bobet claims last of his 3 straight general classification victories
  • 1956-07-28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France

Sports History

1957-07-20 44th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins first of 5 general classification titles

  • 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: Jacques Anquetil of France scores his second Tour general classification category title
  • 1962-07-15 49th Tour de France; Defending champion Jacques Anquetil of France claims his 3rd Tour victory
  • 1963-07-14 50th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins his 3rd consecutive general classification event; first rider to win Tour 4 times
  • 1964-07-14 51st Tour de France: Jacques Anquetil of France wins 4th consecutive Tour and is first to claim 5 titles
  • 1965-07-14 52nd Tour de France: In his first year as a professional, Italian Felice Gimondi, a replacement on the Salvarani team, captures overall title ahead of Raymond Poulidor
  • 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

Sports History

1969-07-20 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles

  • 1970-07-19 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories
  • 1971-07-18 58th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins third straight Tour general classification as well as points and combination categories
  • 1972-07-22 59th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium takes 4th consecutive general classification title as well as points and combination events
  • 1973-07-22 60th Tour de France won by Luis Ocana of Spain
  • 1974-07-21 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories
  • 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

Sports History

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
  • 1996-08-03 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin of Spain wins the 52.2k road time trial in 1:04:05, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Abraham Olano at the Atlanta Olympics
  • 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

Sports History

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

Birthdays in Sport

Henri Desgrange

1865-01-31 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist, founder of the Tour-de-France, born in Paris, France (d. 1940)

  • 1879-06-05 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • 1882-10-18 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), born in Plessé, France (d. 1917)
  • 1884-08-04 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • 1884-09-24 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), born in Vabre-Tizac, France (d. 1963)
  • 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)
  • 1887-10-24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • 1889-01-22 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), 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)
  • 1892-09-11 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926), born in Wontergem, East Flanders, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • 1894-08-01 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • 1899-11-04 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), born in Mamer, Capellen, Luxembourg (d. 1985)
  • 1904-02-15 Antonin Magne, French cyclist (Tour de France 1931, 34)
  • 1904-02-27 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), born in Saint-Ouen, France (d. 1980)
  • 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)
  • 1914-07-18 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), born in Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1919-07-24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2016)
  • 1919-09-15 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), born in Castellania, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1920-02-03 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1921-06-10 Jean Robic, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1947; World C'ship gold cyclo-cross 1950), born in Vouziers, France (d. 1980)
  • 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)
  • 1927-03-02 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), born in Montluçon, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930-03-01 Gastone Nencini, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1957; Tour de France 1960), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1930-07-12 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), born in Momalle, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1930-07-23 Roger Hassenforder, French racing cyclist (8 stage wins Tour de France 1955-59), born in Sausheim, France (d. 2021)
  • 1930-11-03 Brian Robinson, English cyclist (Tour de France: first Briton to finish and first stage winner), born in Mirfield, West Riding of Yorkshire

Jacques Anquetil

1934-01-08 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)

  • 1934-10-28 Julio Jiménez, Spanish road cyclist (King of the Mountains: Tour de France 1965, 66, 67 & Vuelta a España 1963, 64, 65), born in Ávila, Spain (d. 2022)
  • 1936-12-27 José Pérez Francés, Spanish road racing cyclist (Tour de France 1963 overall 3rd), born in Peñacastillo, Spain (d. 2021)
  • 1940-08-28 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), born in Hauteville-Lompnes, France (d. 2017)
  • 1941-04-28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist (won 53rd Tour de France 1966), born in Hyères, France
  • 1942-09-29 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), born in Sedrina, Italy (d. 2019)

Eddy Merckx

1945-06-17 Eddy Merckx, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 1969-72, 74; Giro d'Italia 1968, 70, 72-74), born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

  • 1946-10-20 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist (winner Tour de France 1976), born in Mere, Belgium
  • 1946-12-03 Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch road cyclist (Vuelta a España 1979, Tour de France 1980; World Professional Road champion 1985), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1954-11-14 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist and 5-time Tour de France winner, born in Yffiniac, France
  • 1956-12-12 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist (won Young Rider Classification of Tour de France 1980), born in Rijbergen, Netherlands
  • 1960-08-12 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2010)
  • 1961-06-26 Greg LeMond, American road cyclist (Tour de France 1986, 89, 90; World C'ship gold road race 1983, 89), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1964-02-28 Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan road cyclist (Tour de France points winner 1991, 93-4), born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1964-04-01 Erik Breukink, Dutch road cyclist (Tour de France 1990 3rd) and manager (Rabobank), born in Rheden, Netherlands

Miguel Induráin

1964-07-16 Miguel Induráin, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France winner 1991-95), born in Villava, Spain

  • 1968-11-30 Laurent Jalabert, French road cyclist (Tour de France points 1992, 95; mountains 2001-2), born in Mazamet, France
  • 1970-01-13 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)

Lance Armstrong

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

  • 1973-12-02 Jan Ullrich, German road cyclist (Olympic gold road race 2000; Tour de France 1997; Vuelta a España 1999), born in Rostock, Germany
  • 1974-01-03 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 2010; Giro d'Italia 2004; Vuelta a España 2005), born in La Spezia, Italy
  • 1974-06-01 Michael Rasmussen, Danish road cyclist (best climber classification Tour de France 2005, 06), born in Tølløse, Denmark
  • 1977-02-14 Cadel Evans, Australian road cyclist (Tour de France 2011; UCI World Road Race C'ships 2009), born in Katherine, Australia
  • 1977-08-03 Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 2006 winner), born in Mos, Galicia, Spain
  • 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 Tour de France winner (2007, 09), born in Pinto, Madrid, Spain
  • 1983-02-01 Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian road cyclist (Tour de France 3rd 2010; 4th 2012), born in Herentals, Belgium

Chris Froome

1985-05-20 Chris Froome, British road cyclist (Tour de France 2013, 15, 16, 17; Giro d'Italia 2018; Vuelta a España 2011, 17; Olympic bronze time trial 2012, 16), born in Nairobi, Kenya

  • 1985-05-21 Mark Cavendish MBE, British road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ships 2011; Points classification winner Tour de France 2011, 21; Giro d'Italia 2013; Vuelta a España 2010), born in Douglas, Isle of Man
  • 1996-12-10 Jonas Vingegaard, Danish road cyclist (Tour de France 2022), born in Hillerslev, Denmark
  • 1997-01-13 Egan Bernal, Colombian road cyclist (Tour de France 2019; Giro d'Italia 2021), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1998-09-21 Tadej Pogačar, Slovenian road cyclist (Tour de France 2020, 21; 2022 runner-up), born in Komenda, Slovenia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907-01-25 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), dies at 27
  • 1915-05-09 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), dies of gunshot wounds at 28
  • 1917-07-14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), dies when shot down as WWI fighter pilot at 29
  • 1917-12-20 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35
  • 1927-06-14 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), dies at 32
  • 1935-05-01 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), dies of a gunshot wound at 46

Henri Desgrange

1940-08-16 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist, journalist and founder of the Tour de France, dies at 75

  • 1956-10-01 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), dies in track cycling accident at 36
  • 1957-02-19 Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
  • 1960-01-02 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), dies from malaria at 40
  • 1963-01-28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78
  • 1964-01-19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • 1964-11-06 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (1951 Tour de France, dies at 39
  • 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
  • 1980-01-03 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926), dies at 87
  • 1980-02-01 Gastone Nencini, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1957, Tour de France 1960), dies at 49
  • 1980-06-18 André Leducq, French cyclist (Tour de France 1930, 32; Olympic gold road race 1924), dies at 76
  • 1980-10-06 Jean Robic, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1947; World C'ship gold cyclo-cross 1950), dies in a road accident at 59
  • 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
  • 1985-11-08 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), dies at 86

Jacques Anquetil

1987-11-18 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), dies of stomach cancer at 53

  • 1991-10-17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • 1994-05-19 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • 2000-05-05 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 2003-05-01 Wim van Est, Dutch road 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
  • 2017-02-06 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89
  • 2017-03-19 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), dies at 76
  • 2019-08-16 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), dies of heart attack at 76
  • 2020-07-23 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), dies at 90
  • 2021-01-03 Roger Hassenforder, French racing cyclist (8 stage wins Tour de France 1955-59), dies at 90
  • 2021-09-30 José Pérez Francés, Spanish road racing cyclist (Tour de France 1963 overall 3rd), dies at 84
  • 2022-06-08 Julio Jiménez, Spanish road cyclist (King of the Mountains: Tour de France 1965, 66, 67 & Vuelta a España 1963, 64, 65), dies at 87