Tour de France in History

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • 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 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 8th Tour de France: Octave Lapize of France wins by just 4 points from Team Alcyon team mate 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 34th Tour de France won by Jean Robic of France
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

  • 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. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1930-11-03 Brian Robinson, English cyclist (Tour de France: first Briton to finish and first stage winner), born in Mirfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1946-12-03 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 (Tour de 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 professional road cyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), 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
  • 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)

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1997-01-13 Egan Bernal, Colombian cyclist (Tour de France 2019), born in Bogotá, Colombia

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

Person of interestHenri Desgrange

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

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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