The history of the Tour de France

Year 1930


  • The new national-team structure introduced by the Tour’s organizers in 1930 was a blessing for France, whose countryman Charles Pélissier won eight stages. Even better, fellow Frenchman André Leducq won the overall title. Shouldered by his French compatriots, the up-and-coming Leducq blossomed. He captured the yellow jersey in Luchon and rode strongly all the way to Paris.

  • Victim of a knee injury, Leducq loses 15 minutes. in the Galibier descent, comes back after a long chase, with help from his teammates, and wins in the sprint at Evian. Charles Pelissier wins eight stages, including the last four. He finishes second seven times and in the first three 18 times. In the Alps, eventual winner André Leducq had a serious scare. After crashing on the descent of the Galibier, he injured his knee and broke his bike. A photograph of him crumpled on the roadside was even later used as a model for a statue. But Leducq was not defeated, and after a mad chase, he reduced his 15-minute deficit and held onto the yellow jersey.

  • Companies are represented in the emerging caravan. First live radio broadcast. Last rider: Ilpide (59th) at 15h 10 min. 18 sec.

  • The success of the new system... the French place six riders in the first ten, five from the national team: Leducq, A. Magne, M. Bidot, P. Magne, and Ch. Pelissier. Le Tour de France enters the modern era and Leduc becomes popular. A new national-team format is introduced. Riders now ride for their country, not a commercial sponsor. The first publicity caravans make their appearance.

  • The planet Pluto is discovered; Marlene Dietrich stars in "The Blue Angel;" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, father of Sherlock Holmes, dies.

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