1959 Tour de France Souvenir Plate

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1959 Tour de France 
Race Winner & King of the Mountains, Federico Bahamontes

Federicao Bahamontes the winner was joined by Henry Anglade and Jacques Anquetil on the final podium in Paris. Andre Darrigade of France took the Points Jersey while Bahamontes took the Mountains Classifiation.

Size: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm)

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

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Description

The 1959 Tour de France, the 46th edition of the race, took place from June 25 to July 18, featuring 120 riders, with 65 finishing. Covering 4,358 km (2,708 mi) across 22 stages, it was won by Spanish cyclist Federico Bahamontes, who also claimed the mountains classification. French sprinter André Darrigade secured the points classification, while the Belgian team emerged victorious in the team classification.

Despite the French national team’s strong contenders, the race became a battle between Anglade, representing a French regional team, and Bahamontes of the Spanish national team. When the French team declined to support Anglade, Bahamontes seized the opportunity to secure victory, marking the first win by a Spanish cyclist.

Notable members of the French team included Jacques Anquetil, Louison Bobet, Raphael Géminiani, and Roger Riviere, all considered potential Tour winners. However, internal conflicts arose as each vied for team captaincy, refusing to assist one another.

Under the leadership of Federico Bahamontes, the Spanish team adopted a new strategy, shifting focus from mountains to the general classification, thanks to the guidance of manager Fausto Coppi.

Defending champion Charly Gaul found himself with minimal support in a mixed team of Luxembourgian and Dutch cyclists. The Italian team, lacking key performers from the previous year, relied on Ercole Baldini as captain, though his chances against Gaul, Bahamontes, and Anquetil seemed slim.

Among the French regional teams, Henri Anglade stood out, particularly representing the Centre-Midi team.

Cyclists were represented by agents negotiating post-tour criterium prices. Notably, Daniel Dousset represented Anquetil, Rivière, and Bahamontes, while Piel Poulidor represented Anglade, underscoring Anquetil’s vested interest in supporting Bahamontes over Anglade.

Adapted from Wikipedia

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