1901 Bordeaux-Paris Winner – Lucien Lesna – Cleveland Bicycles USA


This poster is an original first printing, not a reproduction.

Legendary rider Lucien Lesna won the 1901 Bordeaux-Paris race riding his Cleveland bicycle to victory. Yes, Cleveland as in Cleveland, Ohio. This poster is constantly knocked off in the reproduction world. This one is the real deal original. This poster is a strong image of a great rider. A true pioneer of the sport, Lesna’s professional victories included winning Bordeaux-Paris in 1894 & 1901 and Paris-Roubaix in 1901 & 1902.

This poster has been archivally and professionally linen backed. Virtually all original vintage posters of this era were viewed as temporary advertising and were printed on fragile, thin paper. While expensive, linen backing is a conservation method used to mount, stabilize, preserve, and protect vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value.

Artist: unsigned

Year: 1901

Size: 49 x 35 in.  / 124.5 x 89 cm – Linen Backed Archival Mounting

Printer: Louis Galace, Paris

Condition: Excellent.

This is a one of a kind item; please review the photos carefully to determine the condition.

Out of stock


Vintage posters are the original form of advertising. These posters, made to advertise products, were never intended to last; they were hung outdoors, rained on, and eventually torn down or covered up. The early process of stone lithography created beautiful images, but quantities were small; generally, only 2,000 to 3,000 were printed. The examples that have survived are those that were not displayed; they are the extras that didn’t get used.

By the 1950s, posters were being printed using processes much more technologically advanced than labor-intensive stone lithography. Modern Era Posters are crisp, vibrant, and capture the riders at the perfect moment in time. Official race posters have bold color schemes that jump off the wall. From its roots in the second half of the 1800s, contemporary posters continue to tell the ever-evolving story of cycling.


This is a one of a kind item, please review the photos carefully to determine condition.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs