Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bobet flying

Lousion Bobet won the first of his three Tour de France titles from 1953, 50th Anniversary, and would also be the first to do so consecutively. This was despite the fact that infighting worked against the young Frenchman in the beginning. Interesting fact was that this was the last of Gino Bartali's eight attempts to win the Tour de France. It must be remembered that the war separated these attempts so imagine what he could have achieved.
via ddsiple
The photo below is from the Douglas Siple collection showing the winning race move as it happened. Stage 18 from Gap to Briançon that included the Col d'Izoard. With a Deledda, his team mate in the break, Bobet attacked with Jesus Lorono on the Col de Vars. His decending abilities left Lorono behind where at the bottom Deledda waited for him to drag him to the base of the d'Izoard. The tactics of getting a member in the break to help out worked a charm and he ended up 12 minutes ahead of Malléjac and took the yellow jersey.

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