Today 114 Years Ago : New Bicycle Race “Tour de France” Announced [Jan 19 1903]

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The first ever Tour de France happened in 1903 and it was announced on this very day. It was sponsored and organized by the magazine L’Auto and it ran from 1 – 19 July. Maurice Garin won.

The whole purpose of the race was to increase the popularity of L’Auto.

114 years later, the tradition still didn’t break.

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