Those who imagine that the doping and other issues around the Tour are very recent phenomena may be surprised to know that such matters were commonplace – albeit much less sophisticated – for many decades. The old doping used amphetamines, aspirin, whiskey rather than stored blood, steroids and EPO but, even so, deaths occurred. Besides that, conditions were awful, the crowds impossible and the bikes left much to be desired.
For the “complete” photo gallery see Der Speigel, but here are some to whet your appetite for the rest…
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