The world’s most famous cycling race began in 1903 as an effort to boost circulation for a sports newspaper. The race started by publisher Henri Desgrange became an instant success despite its grueling nature. The Tour has evolved over the decades into a set of stages shorter than the early ones, but more numerous, so the race is of greater overall length. Some things are still familiar, for better or worse: how coveted the yellow jersey is, and how tempted some riders are to cut corners in the rulebook. This MCT OnePage takes a look at the Tour de France.
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