in The morning, 2 July 1903, Maurice Garin is exhausted. But glad. The needle of the brilliant astronomical clock of Lyon, in the Saint-Jean cathedral, comes to indicate nine o'clock in the morning. After 17 hours, 45 minutes and 13 seconds of effort, the cyclist franco-Italian 32-year-old member of the team, The French, has won the first stage of the first Tour de France history, between Paris and the capital of the Gauls. To complete the 467 km, it rolled all night.
Why, then, is to inflict such suffering ? To understand this, it is necessary to go back to the 20 nove...
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