Halfway through this year’s race, we’re celebrating the Tour de France with a timeline of its 114-year history.
The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race in France, which occasionally passes through neighbouring countries too. It started in 1903 with a 2,428km round-trip route from Paris and has been held every year since, with the exception of the years during World War One and World War Two.
This year’s Tour de France started from Düsseldorf in Germany on 1 July, following a 3,540km route to the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.
Our Tour de France timeline shows the evolution of the race and the sport, as the route has lengthened, the moustaches have shortened and the clothes have tightened. Follow the story from the first race, via the World Wars, Lance Armstrong’s doping controversy, right through to Britain’s Chris Froome winning the 2016 race.
To celebrate the start of Wimbledon this week, we’ve created a timeline of the history of the Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
Held at the All England Club in Wimbledon since 1877, the English Royal family have attended the event since 1907, with King George VI actually once playing at the venue as a competitor in the men’s doubles in 1926!
Women’s championships were added to Wimbledon in 1884, when Maud Watson defeated her sister Lilian Watson. The same year also saw the first non-British and overseas players enter the championships.
Scanning through the timeline we see changing fashion and hairstyles of the time, advances in technology such as colour photography and television, records being made and broken. The drive and determination of players continues to increase…the tournament’s first winner wasn’t too sure that it would catch on!
We’re glad it did and we’re of course rooting for the UK’s Andy Murray again, who was triumphant last year along with Serena Williams.
We look forward to updating the timeline with this year’s winners!