Tour de France: 100th Anniversary

Cow looking at racing cyclist Jules Buysse, who will win the first stage (Evian-Mulhouse). Tour de France 1926. Location unknown.

Buysse passing a cow, from the Dutch National Archives

The Tour de France begins on the island of Corsica on June 29th. The race was first staged in 1903, but it was cancelled for several years during World Wars I and II. Consequently, the 2013 Tour marks the 100th anniversary of this storied race, one of cycling’s most challenging and thrilling. This year’s race will conclude, as usual, in Paris on July 21st.

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