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FRANCE. Tour de France. July 1939.
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography
The TOUR DE FRANCE is one of France's greatest annual sport events. Hundreds of cyclists, together with their teams and crews race through the flatlands and hills of France during the hot summer months. The tour brings out thousands of spectators who line the road, as well as photographers and journalists who cover every section of the race. The press photographers clutch onto the motorcycle drivers as they lean backwards and forwards to capture the best pictures. Every day the teams have to complete a specified route, which has a certain winner. At the end of the tour, according to the number of points, there is an overall winner, who automatically becomes a national hero.

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography 1935

A Gendarme points with his truncheon the route to be taken through...
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FRANCE. Tour de France. July 1939. Promotional press on the arrival...
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Cyclists resting between laps.
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France. Pyrenees. Celebrity starter Georges Breton at the top...
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Cyclists hitch their bicycles over their shoulders and climb...
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These town citizens appear to be impatient, the tour will rapidly...
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Village crowds waiting for the arrival of the tour.
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In a small French town, a veteran sits below the fountain and...
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FRANCE. Tour de France. July 1939.
Two former war veterans take...
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A press car of the tour talking to their motorcycle outrider....
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Being a Press Photographer on the "tour" is not an easy job,...
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Young spectators with leaflets showing the participants of the...
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FRANCE. Brittany. Pleyben. July 1939. A crowd gathered in front...
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Spectators waiting for the tour to pass.
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FRANCE.
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A radio announcer at the arrival of the team in a stadium.
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A refreshment break for the cyclists and their maintenance team...
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A stopover refreshment halt in a harvest cornfield for tired...
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1935 FRANCE. The Tour de France bicycle race. July 1939.
Goggles...
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A newspaper vendor draws buyers on the latest results of the...
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A photographer of the tour with his motor cycle driver.
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Robert Capa © International Center of Photography 1935

FRANCE. July 1939. Tour de France. Spectators.
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The cyclists stop for the day to rest, wash and clean up from...
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A press reporter and his motorcycle driver.
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Part of the hardest stretch are the Alpine mountain passes, people...
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FRANCE. Brittany. Pleybon. 1935. A crowd gathered in front of...
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Robert Capa © International Center of Photography 1935

FRANCE. Brittany. Pleyben. July 1939. A crowd gathered in front...
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FRANCE. Brittany. Pleybon. July 1939. A crowd gathered in front...
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A short stopover and refreshment point, weary cyclists meet the...
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The official car of LE PETIT DAUPHINOIS newspaper with its sports...
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Cyclists during the peddling of a mountain pass.
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A nurse treats the injured arm of a cyclist grazed during a fall....
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The team stops to put on rainproof clothing.
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FRANCE. Brittany. Pleyben. July, 1939. Boy watching the Tour...
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