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Galerie de le Tour

By We Love Cycling

The Tour de France is not just the third largest sporting event in the world after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics it’s also a worldwide historical and cultural phenomenon as depicted in our gallery of both original and fan-made Tour posters.  

1903: The first Tour de France fan poster by young artist Vince McIndoe. It ran from July 1st to the 19th in six stages over 2,428 km (1,509 mi) and was won by Maurice Garin.



1925: French Diamond. A poster with the stages of the 19th Tour when Italian cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia successfully defended his 1924 victory and only 49 of the 130 participants finished the course.




1948: The 35th Tour de France was won by Italian cyclist Gino Bartali after already winning the Tour in 1938. Bartali had almost given up during the race, but drew inspiration from a phone call from the Italian Prime Minister, who asked him to win the Tour de France to prevent civil unrest in Italy.




1950: The start and finish of the 137th Tour de France was in Paris. Algerian-French cyclist Abdel-Kader Zaaf became famous in this Tour de France by being so disoriented that he rode in the wrong direction.



2003: Tour de France Soundtracks is the tenth studio album by German electronic group Kraftwerk, released in August 2003. The album was recorded for the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France and it includes their 1983 single of the same name (the cover artwork for both releases is nearly identical).




2009: Yellow Jersey and Iconic Climbs of the Alps. Poster by cycling fan Martin l’Ardoisier.



2012: Sir Bradley Marc Wiggins won the Tour de France as the first British cyclist as seen on the poster by creative illustrator Neil Stevens from London. This Tour Type print is from a selection of prints available via online shop at crayonfireshop.co.uk.




2013: A poster design commemorating the 2013 Tour de France and the 100th anniversary of this famous event. The main image was created in ArtRage Studio Pro.




2014: A poster to celebrate the stage’s finishing town of Bergerac. The distance for this stage is 208km.



Text: Pavel Eichler