Tour de France 2014 - the first race

09:00 07 July 2014

Team Sky's Chris Froome (front right) rides alongside Richie Porte

Team Sky's Chris Froome (front right) rides alongside Richie Porte

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Tour de France 2014 marks 111 years since the first race took place and it features 200 riders from across the world, each of them riding expensive, tailor made high performance bikes.

They wear helmets and jerseys specially designed to give maximum performance. The riders are also accompanied by support teams throughout the race, with regular stops in betweenist 21 stages.

It is worth remembering that the 60 riders who took part in the first Tour de France, which began on July 1, 1903, did so on unpaved roads and without any helmets.

They covered vast swathes of land, riding through the night by moonlight and many abandoned the race so that by the end of the first stage, 23 riders had given up.

Other facts on the first Tour de France

■ The sixth and final stage began on July 18 in Nantes

■ The winner, 32-year-old Maurice Garin, crossed the finish line in Lyon. He won by only one minute and spent more than 95 hours in the saddle.He was wearing a green arm band to signify his position as race leader. The yellow jersey was adopted in 1919

■ Only 21 riders completed the race

■ There were only six stages to the race, compared with today’s 21

■ There were no support vehicles, so many riders carried spare tyres and tubes in case of a puncture.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 20:09

London City Airport has reopened following a suspected chemical incident this afternoon.

London Fire Brigade
Yesterday, 16:48

London City Airport has been evacuated following reports of a ‘chemical incident’ which has hospitalised two people.

Yesterday, 15:48

A judge lost his patience with lawyers today after he was unable to sentence an associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudary who kicked a schoolboy in the head for cuddling a girl.

Southwark Crown Court
Yesterday, 15:29

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences in connection with the suspicious package that shut down the Jubilee Line in Newham yesterday.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Read more

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now