The first Tour de France
In 1890, so-called safety bicycles - with chain drives and lower seats - replaced the penny-farthings. With this modern model, the world's most famous cycling event the Tour de France, was launched on July 1, 1903 in Paris. Sixty riders raced from Lyon to Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes and back to Paris. Frenchman Maurice Garin (pictured center) won the first 2,428-kilometer race.