After 100 Years, Scandal Is Nothing New At The Tour de France

The 100th annual Tour de France just ended last week. Did you watch it? Every year, this famous bike race winds its way through nearly every corner of France, bringing crowds of cheering fans to parts of the countryside typically left to sheep and their shepherds.

It’s probably safe to say that the Tour de France really became popular outside of cycling circles right about the time when the now-infamous Lance Armstrong won his first yellow jersey. When it was recently revealed that Armstrong was under the influence of performance enhancing drugs during those epic races (and lied about it) he was stripped of his seven consecutive titles.

The cycling world was blown away by this revelation, but it shouldn’t have been. It turns out that scandal of one kind or another has been a part of the Tour de France since its earliest years. Granted, these early scandals were more innocent–bikers taking unauthorized shortcuts or leaving obstacles in the path for competitors following behind–but still, it appears that there have been more than a few men willing to do anything to take home this particular prize.

Whether you’re a cycling fanatic or a history buff or both, take a minute to scroll through the infographic below. It shows in striking detail that the Tour de France has always had a dark side, and unfortunately for the dedicated bikers who resist the urge to cheat, it’s not likely to stop any time soon.

Scandal in the Tour de France
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46 comments

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Vita Pagh
Vita P.2 years ago

It is a real pity that money has eliminated the true spirit of sports!!...
Thank you for posting.

Heidi R.
Past Member 2 years ago

Someone told me cyclists in the Tour have even gone to the extreme measure of having blood transfusions to boost their oxygen levels. Maybe they should make the contest less extreme. It seems to be too grueling for anyone to compete in without some sort of intervention.

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

Exactly what I've been saying about PEDs in Baseball...

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

Beth Wilkerson
Beth Wilkerson2 years ago

Wow, I had no idea. However, I think that illicit substances have been used by athletes throughout time in an attempt to enhance performance.

KAREN G.
Karen G.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago

Interesting.

Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago

noted