Eddy Merckx dishing out the pain on his way to winning the final stage of the 1970 Tour de France, which would see him win eight stages and total and beat Dutchman Zoop Zoetemelk by nearly 13 minutes. Picture comes from a Daily Mail gallery of Tour photos.
Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi at the 1940 Giro d’Italia from a BikeRaceInfo gallery of Fausto Coppi photos.
The Greatest Show on Earth. One of the essential road racing films, The Greatest Show on Earth documents the dramatic and captivating 1974 Tour of Italy. The 57th edition was one of the most exciting and closely fought Grand Tours of that decade, when Eddy Merckx had to first depose José Manuel Fuente to claim the pink leader’s jersey, then fight off the young Italian, Gianbattista Baronchelli, on the final, dramatic mountain stage. It remains one of the great scenes in cycling cinema, the backdrop to the stage provided by the towering spires of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, with the tifosi screaming at the roadside as Merckx, Fuente and Baronchelli battled to the summit.
Thanks to Rapha for making this available.
Illustration from the Miroir-Sprint Supplement au N° 633 20 Juillet 1958. You can find more scans from the publication over at Cycling Passions.
Raleigh saves time and money from Mark Gell’s Flickr stream.