Gaston Degy, 1923 Tour de France


Gaston Degy
Tour de France, 1923

Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France, thought the ideal endurance race would be so difficult that only one rider would make it to the finish. The 1923 Tour came close, of the 139 riders who started only 48 finished in Paris. In the 1923 Tour riders, were not allowed to pace each other, had to repair their bicycles without help, and had to use the same bike from start to finish.

In this photo, we see Gaston Degy at the side of the road wholly defeated in every way. But, he managed a repair and went on to finish 16th in Paris.

Each image in the Vintage Print Series has been reproduced from an original photographic print or negative in The Horton Collection archives. Each has been carefully restored to remove dust, water stains, fingerprints, or other wear and tear. Lithograph printing was done by AMP Printing in Dublin, California on Daiei TopKote 111 pound acid-free archival quality stock using a Heidelberg press.

Each print comes packaged in a crystal clear sealed bag with a descriptive insert.  Beautifully packaged for gift giving.

Litho Size: 8 in. x 10 in.

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Despite our efforts to find the name of the photographer of this image, it currently remains a mystery. As was common practice at the time, original photographs often had no reference as to the name of the photographer. Rather, there were crop marks and other notations written on the back of the original photograph that was used in the print publication process. As always, we welcome any knowledge regarding the awesome photographers that so deftly captured and continue to capture the vibrant landscape of cycling.

Litho Size: 8 in. x 10 in.

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Weight .5 lbs