'The history of the Tour is a huge history, with fantastic, epic stories. I'm just one of the actors on the stage of TDF history...looking at the photos and history of the 100 years of the Tour I was able to learn this history' - Lance Armstrong (record 6-time winner) The Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event with worldwide audience figures only exceeded by the Olympics and the Football World Cup. Yet its first edition in 1903 was little more than an outlandish publicity stunt staged by L'AUTO newspaper to increase its circulation throughout France. But by the end of the century, no single sporting event could compare for excitement, passion and adventure - not to mention sheer physical difficulty - and few could claim to have had such a fascinating and even turbulent history. Year by year, this definitive book chronicles the first one hundred and one years of the Tour capturing its true spirit. It draws on an unprecedented wealth of photography and journalism from L'Equipe's archives.
L'Equipe is France's premier sports newspaper. In 1903 it founded the Tour de France and its archives contain the world's most complete record of the race. Lance Armstrong is the record 6-time winner of the Tour de France.