All the Winners of the Tour de France

In honour of Le Grand Départ being held in Yorkshire this year, we have produced an illustrated guide to all the previous winners of the Tour de France. The illustration includes hints towards some of the famous stories from the Tour. Read on to find out the names of all the riders and some of the great stories from the Tour.

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Order of the Riders and their year(s) of victory:

Top Row (1999-2013)

54. Andy Schleck (2010) 55. Alberto Contador (2007, 2009) 56. Bradley Wiggins (2012)
57. Chris Froome (2013) 58. Cadel Evans (2011) 59. Carlos Sastre (2008)
60. Oscar Pereiro (2006) 61. Lance Armstrong

Fifth Row (1980-1998)

45. Stephen Roche (1987) 46. Bjarne Riis (1996) 47. Marco Pantani (1998)
48. Greg LeMond (1986, 1989, 1990) 49. Bernard Hinault (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985) 50. Miguel Indurain (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
51. Laurent Fignon (1983, 1984) 52. Jan Ullrich (1997) 53. Pedro Delgado (1988)

Fourth Row (1960-1985)

35. Felice Gimondi (1965) 36. Roger Pingeon (1967) 37. Luis Oscana (1973)
38. Joop Zoetemelk (1980) 39. Bernard Thevenet (1975, 1977) 40. Eddy Merckx (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974)
41. Lucien Van Impe (1976) 42. Jan Janssen (1968) 43. Lucien Aimar (1966)
44. Gastone Nencini (1960)

Third Row (1938-1964)

25. Jean Robic (1947) 26. Hugo Koblet (1951) 27. Fausto Coppi (1949, 1952)
28. Gino Bartali (1938, 1948) 29. Louison Bobet (1953, 1954, 1955) 30. Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964)
31. Chaly Gaul (1958) 32. Frederico Bahamontes (1959) 33. Roger Walkowiak (1956)
34. Ferdinand Kubler (1950)

Second Row (1923-1939)

14. Lucien Buysse (1926) 15. Georges Speicher (1933) 16. Sylvere Maes (1936, 1939)
17. Ottavio Bottecchia (1924, 1925) 18. Andre Leducq (1930, 1932) 19. Antonin Magne (1931, 1934)
20. Nicolas Frantz (1927, 1928) 21. Roger Lapebie (1937) 22. Romain Maes (1935)
23. Maurice De Waele (1929) 24. Henri Pelissier (1923)

Bottom Row (1903-1922)

1. Henri Desgrange (Race Founder) 2. Maurice Garin (1903) 3. Louis Trousselier (1905)
4. Francois Faber (1909) 5. Gustave Garrigou (1911) 6. Leon Scieur (1921)
7. Philippe Thys (1913, 1914, 1920) 8. Firmin Lambot (1919, 1922) 9. Lucien Petit-Breton (1907, 1908)
10. Octave Lapiz (1910) 11. Odile Defraye (1912) 12. Rene Pottier (1906)
13. Henri Cornet (1904)

Stories from the Tour

100 years of the Tour has produced some great drama. Some of these moments have been subtly included in our illustration.

Hinault and LeMond Conquer Alpe D’Heuz

Bernard “The Badger” Hinault and Greg LeMond are widely recognised as one of the tour’s most thrilling rivalries. What made this battle more intriguing was that Hinault and LeMond were team mates for much of their career.

LeMond had helped Hinault win the tour in 1985 and their was an unwritten agreement that Hinault would return the favour in 1986. This seemed to have been forgotten in the opening days of the 1986 tour as Hinault continually attacked LeMond and challenged him for the maillot jaune.

It wasn’t until the final stages of the 21-hair-pinned climb up Alpe D’Huez either showed any camaraderie. As they negotiated the climb it became apparent that they had settled their differences and agreed that Hinault would win the stage, allowing him to become the first French winner of the climb.

This iconic photo was one of the few times in their careers where the two riders put aside their competitive sides and embraced the fact that they were a part of the same team. If you would like to read more about this fascinating relationship I can recommend “Slaying the Badger” by Richard Moore.

Here is the full video of the climb:

King of the Time Trial

Miguel Indurain was one the dominant tour riders of the 90′s and is the only rider to win five consecutive tours. Just like Anquetil and Hinault before him, Indurain was a sensational time trailist. In recognition of his ability we have picture him with his iconic time trial helmet.

Indurain, Time Trial

Indurain wearing his iconic time trial helmet

“El Pistolero”

Alberto Contador is widely recognised as one of the best all-round talents of his generation. He was the first Spaniard to win all three major tours. This year he will be competiting again for the yellow jersey. We have illustrated him with his famous pistol celebration – I wonder if we will be seeing it again this year?


The Shame of Lance

Possibly the darkest moment in cycling’s recent history occurred when Lance Armstrong was stripped of all 7 of his Tour de France titles.  We’ve allowed him to appear in the illustration only because he has left an indelible mark on cycling and the list of tour winners. We’ve not let him get away with it though. A dark rain cloud accompanies Lance in the illustration to remind you of his indiscretions.

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Lance Armstrong being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about doping

Thank you Henri

None of this excitement, drama or sporting brilliance would have been possible without the will and passion of the race founder Henri Desgrange. We have paid tribute to him by including him in our illustration.

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French bicycle racer and sports journalist Henri Desgrange (1865-1940) at his desk as editor-in-chief of L’Auto in 1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Special thanks goes to Mike Hall for the wonderful illustration


5 thoughts on “All the Winners of the Tour de France

  1. Alfonso Ehlert says:

    Alberto Contador fue despojado de un Tour por dar positivo a Dopaje también en 2010. Lance aparece, “frustrado” por los 7 titulos que perdio. :(

  2. Jose S says:

    Ok, if you are going to list Lance Armstrong as a winner (I don’t necessarily disagree with this), then Floyd Landis should also be considered a winner.

  3. Danny Dwyer says:

    It was a tricky decision whether or not to include Lance Armstrong and we knew it was going to be contentious. I wouldn’t count Lance as a winner but he is so inseparable with the tour and the yellow jersey we had to include him for better or for worse.

    To my knowledge Lance is the only one to have his tours stripped from him and for them not to be awarded to another rider. So in the case of Floyd Landis, Pereiro was the official winner so we’ve only included him.

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