1955 Tour de France Nescafe Musette Bag


Louison Bobet was the 1955 Tour de France winner, with Jean Brankart and Charly Gaul filling out the podium in second and third place.  The Points winner was sprinter Stan Ockers, and Charly Gaul won Mountains Classification.

The Musette: A Simple Cloth Bag and Icon of Cycling

We see riders wrapped in spare tubes with goggles firmly in place, carrying the unmistakable fabric food bag from bicycle racing’s earliest photographs. This simple but vital musette bag takes its name from the nose-bag often seen hanging around horses’ necks.

Getting food and water to riders has always been a tricky but crucial part of racing.  In the early days, to supplement what a rider could carry in a musette, bars and cafes were often raided by riders leaving bills for race organizers to settle later. Formal feed zones were introduced to racing in 1919, but riders still had to stop to take on provisions from large tables. By the 1950s, the random cafes and tables of food began to be replaced by team staff on the side of the road handing off the musettes to riders who did not need to stop and risk losing valuable time. As cycling technology advances, with innovations like radios and wireless shifting, the proven and straightforward musette bag remains a vital method to get food and drinks to riders in the peloton.

In the early days, musettes were not available for fans to purchase.  They were highly prized and collected, especially when a favorite brand or race was featured.

Size: 11.5 x 9 inches ( 29.5 x 23 cm)

Please Note:  This bag is missing the strap and is very discolored.

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

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