And you thought today's Tour de France cyclists have a problem with vice.

1920 Tour De France Photograph

While some of today’s Tour de France cyclists engage in vices to enhance their performance, premier cyclists of yesteryear took part in activities that would probably hinder their athleticism, including champagne and painkillers (likely together).

Featured above are cyclists Vervaeke and Geldhol, taking a smoke “break” during the 1920 Tour de France. In this photo we can also see the incredible transformation of the race bike and its accompanying protective gear–incredibly enough, the bicycle helmet as we know it wasn’t invented until the 1970s.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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