Times past – iconic images from the Tour de France

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…

1929 mud. The bikes had no derailleurs and had to change wheels at the bottom of the big climbs
1929 mud. The bikes had no derailleurs and had to change wheels at the bottom of the big climbs
Tour de France - 100 Rennen, 100 Momente
Eddie Merckx – one of the truly great
Tour de France - 100 Rennen, 100 Momente
Gina BARTOLI: he won the Tour before WW2 and again after 10 years later, AND saved 800 Jews during the war
Tour de France - 100 Rennen, 100 Momente
Tom Simpson’s death in the 1967 tour from doping

Handout photo of Lance Armstrong speaking with Oprah Winfrey in Austin

After the fall – Lance with Oprah

Hope you enjoyed these but see the main photo gallery.

Mike Berger