A Miscellany of Le Tour de France - Day 9
1911 Some of the lesser known cyclists (or domestiques) were paid a pittance. They needed to put their entrepreneurial spirit to good use as a way of raising money for bed and board en route.
Jules Deloffre would happily perform acrobatic tricks in order to raise money, no mean feat after a grueling day on a bike.
He appeared in fifteen Tours and his most lucrative income was from arranging boxing matches with riders and fans.
Every day until the Grand Depart, we’ll be sharing 100 stories from the last 100 years, a design per day until the greatest show on earth begins.