Tour de France organizers were on Wednesday set
to unveil the route for the historic 100th edition of the celebrated race next
year. Here are some key dates:
1903: Frenchman Maurice Garin wins the first ever Tour de France, a
six-stage race culminating with a final leg over 471km from the western city
of Nantes to Paris.
1904: Henri Cornet of France wins the race aged just 19. He remains the
Tour’s youngest-ever winner.
1919: Tour returns after World War I. A yellow jersey for the leader is
introduced. Race won by Belgium’s Firmin Lambot. Only 11 riders finish.
1947: Tour returns after World War II.
1948: The Tour is televised for the first time.
1957: Jacques Anquetil, one of the France’s best known riders, wins the
first of five Tours in seven years.
1967: Tom Simpson, who two years previously became the first British rider
to win the world championship, dies of heart failure on stage 13 at Mont
Ventoux. Later found with doping products inside his jersey and system.
1974: Belgium’s Eddy Merckx wins his fifth Tour and becomes the first man
to add victories in the Giro d’Italia and world championship road race in the
1985: Frenchman Bernard Hinault becomes the third rider after Anquetil and
Merckx to win five races. He is the last Frenchman to win the Tour.
1989: US rider Greg Lemond wins the closest race in Tour history,
overhauling a 50sec deficit on the final time-trial to beat France’s Laurent
Fignon by eight seconds.
1995: Italian Olympic champion Fabio Casartelli dies from head injuries
after a high-speed crash on the 15th stage at the Col de Portet d’Aspet.
1995: Spain’s Miguel Indurain becomes the first rider to win five
consecutive races and is only one of seven men to win the Giro d’Italia and
Tour de France in the same season (1992, 1993).
1998: Cycling rocked after Festina team doctor Willy Voet is arrested just
before the Tour starts in Dublin. Hotel rooms are raided and an elaborate
doping operation uncovered. Festina expelled and only 96 riders of 189
starters finish the race.
1999: Lance Armstrong wins the first of what would be seven consecutive
2003: Tour marks its 100th year, starting in Montgeron, in the suburbs
southeast of Paris, as it did in 1903.
2006: Spanish police uncover Operacion Puerto which leads to an
investigation into widespread blood doping within the peloton, although a
criminal case is later dropped.
2006: Winner Floyd Landis tests positive for the blood booster
erythropotein (EPO) and later becomes the first Tour victor to be stripped of
2010: Spain’s Alberto Contador, winner in 2007 and 2009 is stripped of his
2010 title after a positive dope test. Banned for one year.
2011: Cadel Evans becomes the first Australian and second oldest rider at
34 to win the Tour.
2012: Bradley Wiggins becomes the first British rider to win the Tour.
World cycling’s governing body strip Armstrong of his Tour wins for doping and
ban him for life.
2013: The 100th edition of the Tour de France is set to begin on June 29 at
Porto-Vecchio in Corsica.