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Lance Armstrong is easy to spot in the pack in the leader's yellow jersey
The symbolic yellow jersey was first worn in 1919

The race almost self-combusted in 1904 due to the amount of cheating going on.

Fans scattered nails on the road in front of their favourite's rivals.

And the riders themselves took car rides and even train trips!

In 1905 the first harsh mountain roads were added to the race.

The first big climbs through the mountains of the Pyrenees were introduced in 1910.

Tough stages in the Alps followed a year later.

Riders pose for the camera at the start of an early Tour stage
Cheating was common in the early days

The arrival of World War I in 1914 stopped the race for four years.

Many great riders lost their lives in combat.

In the first race after the end of the war the famous yellow jersey was introduced to distinguish the race leader.

The first rider to wear the jersey at first refused it because it made him an easier target for his rivals.

But it quickly became the most coveted jersey in cycling and remains so to this day.


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