Concept Tour de France was conceived in 1902 by Georges Lefèvre – a journalist of L’Auto. He wants to have a tough, long, full-scale bike race better than any before. The first Tour de France took place in 1903 with 60 riders competing for the first prize. The race was successful.
Dreyfus was later vindicated and forgiven by France. Le Vélo was originally born to protest against the post in favor of Dreyfus eventually shutting down, unable to face the success of L’Auto and Tour de France. In the early years, the riders were mostly French but within 10 years, the race attracted both international riders and satisfied audiences around the world.