Tour De France Cyclists Take A Smoke “Break” In 1920

Published April 16, 2015
Updated April 6, 2015

1920 Tour De France Photograph

While some of today’s Tour de France cyclists engage in vices to enhance their performance, premier cyclists of yesteryear took part in activities that would probably hinder their athleticism, including champagne and painkillers (likely together).

Featured above are cyclists Vervaeke and Geldhol, taking a smoke “break” during the 1920 Tour de France. In this photo we can also see the incredible transformation of the race bike and its accompanying protective gear–incredibly enough, the bicycle helmet as we know it wasn’t invented until the 1970s.

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