Nicknamed “Le Terrible” by Tour organizer Henri Desgrange, outspoken French rider Hippolyte Aucouturier, who was suspected of cheating in 1904, won three stages and finished second overall at the 1905 race. Branger/Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
Defending champion Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy chased down and eventually passed Belgium’s Lucien Buysse in the streets of St. Cloud during the final stage of the 1925 Tour to win his second straight title. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images.
Despite undergoing surgery for a lumbar hernia just a month prior, Roger Lapebie, right, won the 1937 race under controversy. After Lapebie passed a set of railroad tracks, his pursuers were pinned by a passing train, helping the French rider to victory. Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
Cyclists took a moment away from the road to grab fresh supplies during Stage 11 of the 1964 race between Toulon and Montpelier. Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
Nicknamed “The Angel Of The Mountains” after his winning performance in 1958, Charly Gaul of Luxembourg made his move in the 1955 race before going on to finish third. Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
Tour de France – 28 June 1960.
The Tourmalet in 1937. Spaniard Julian Berrendero won the stage; France’s Roger Lapébie won the Tour de France . AFP Photo.
Two-time champion Laurent Fignon of France took a moment to refresh himself iduring Stage 18 in Morzine. He went on to win the 1983 race despite being a late addition to the Renault team. AFP/Getty Images.
Tour the France – July 19th 1953.
Middleweight boxer Marcel Cerdan, center, nicknamed “The Moroccan Bomber” posed with the French national team before the start of the 1947 race. Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
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