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

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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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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1:26PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

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

7:31AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

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.

8:35PM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

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

5:16PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

6:24AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

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

8:40AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing

3:55PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Interesting.

1:18PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

ty

4:52AM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

noted

12:32PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Interesting info

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