A century of suffering

Stage 15 Pamiers – Bagneres-de-Luchon
Exactly 100 years ago Octave Lapize celebrated the Tour’s inaugural visit to the Pyrenees with a stage win at Luchon en route to overall victory. A three-time winner of both Paris-Roubaix and Paris-Brussels, the Frenchman’s life was cruelly cut short by the First World War.

For an innocent, pre-War take on the Tour, check out this footage of the very first grand depart in 1903 and do not adjust your volume – it’s a silent movie.


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