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The result was that newspapers outdid each other in promotions. In the same year, Le Petit Journal went twice as far by running Paris–Brest–Paris over 1,200 km.The whole lot was topped, deliberately, during a meeting at L'Auto in Paris when journalist Géo Lefèvre suggested a race right round France, not just one day but six, "like the six-day races on the track." The idea of bringing the excess of the indoors to the roads of the outdoors was born.At Coutances he heard that the previous year's winner, Henri Pélissier, his brother Francis and a third rider, Maurice Ville, had pulled out after a row with the organiser, Henri Desgrange. Even so, the Tour de France in 1924 was no picnic." Pierre Dumas was the first doctor to campaign for the testing and suppression of doping, both within cycling and then at international level at the Olympic Games.Henri Pélissier explained the problem – whether or not he had the right to take off a jersey – and went on to talk of drugs, reported in Londres' race diary, in which he coined the phrase Les Forçats de la Route (The Convicts of the Road): "You have no idea what the Tour de France is", Henri said. Worse than that, because the road to the Cross has only 14 stations and ours has 15. Dumas came to the Tour de France in 1952 when the original doctor pulled out.For as long as the Tour has existed, since 1903, its participants have been doping themselves. For the past 30 years it has been officially prohibited.
The strongest drug in the early Tour de France was strychnine.Riders suffered hallucinations from the exhaustion and perhaps the drugs.The American champion Major Taylor refused to continue the New York race, saying: "I cannot go on with safety, for there is a man chasing me around the ring with a knife in his hand." Also used was strychnine, which in small doses tightened tired muscles.Those came shortly before the death of Tom Simpson in the Tour de France of 1967.Max Novich referred to the Tour de France in a 1973 issue of New York State Journal of Medicine as "a cycling nightmare".