This wonderful signed original press photo captures a humorous moment between Jacques Anquetil in the yellow jersey and the “Lanterne Rouge” of the Tour de France André Geneste.
The 1961 Tour de France was dominated by Jacques Anquetil who held the yellow jersey from Stage 1b all the way to the finish in Paris. The big battle on the road was for second place with Guido Carlesi stealing second place from Charly Gaul on the last day by two seconds.
Jacques Anquetil was the first rider to win the Tour de France five times and is still one of only four riders to complete the stunning record. Anquetil won the Tour de France in 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964. In addition, he is one of only six cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours.
The lanterne rouge is awarded to the rider in last place in the overall standings in the Tour de France. The phrase comes from the French for “Red Lantern” and refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a passenger railway train or the brake van of a freight train, which signalmen would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected. In the Tour de France the rider who finishes last, rather than dropping out along the way, is accorded the distinction of lanterne rouge. Because of the popularity it affords, riders may compete for the last position rather than settling for a place near the back.
Original Vintage A.F.P. Press Photograph
Size: 13 x 18 cm ( 5 x 7 in)
As the photographs are quite old and one of a kind, please look carefully at the photos to determine the condition.
This photograph is an original print – the real deal.
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