Gino Bartali, 1950 Tour de France


Gino Bartali
Tour de France, 1950

As is the tradition, defending Tour de France champion Gino Bartali had the honor to wear bib #1 at the 1950 Tour.  This captivating image captures Bartali pulling his bike from the crowd after a crash with the help of an anxious teammate.

Bartali was the most renowned Italian cyclist before World War II, having won the Giro d’Italia two times (1936, 1937) and the Tour de France in 1938. After the war, he added one more victory in each event: the Giro d’Italia in 1946 and the Tour de France in 1948. His second Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.

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 .1 lbs