|Maurice Garin - Winner of the first (1903) Tour de France|
The race had been expected to be a showdown between Garin and Hippolyte Aucouturier. Unfortunately, Aucouturier had to quit halfway through the first stage due to stomach cramps. Under today's rules, he would have been out of the race entirely. With the 1903 rules he was out of the overall competition, but he could still compete for stage wins. Aucouturier bounced back and won stages 2 and 3.
The race was a huge success for the newspaper, which saw its circulation increase be a factor of six. Today it is known as L'Équipe, which is nationwide newspaper in France devoted entirely to sports.