Gaston Degy, 1923 Tour de France
Tour de France, 1923
Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France, thought the ideal endurance race would be so difficult that only one rider would make it to the finish. The 1923 Tour came close, of the 139 riders who started only 48 finished in Paris. In the 1923 Tour riders, were not allowed to pace each other, had to repair their bicycles without help, and had to use the same bike from start to finish.
In this photo, we see Gaston Degy at the side of the road wholly defeated in every way. But, he managed a repair and went on to finish 16th in Paris.
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