La Cité, 1958 Tour de France Supplement


An absolute treasure trove of information about the 1958 Tour de France: complete list of participants, top contenders, route map, climbs, etc.

With eight different race leaders, the 1958 Tour de France was a dogfight from start to finish. On paper, the French team looked to have the race in the bag, with stars Jacques Anquetil, Louison Bobet, and Raphael Geminiani ready to take the glory.

No one gave much attention to Charly Gaul, the wry rider from Luxembourg racing on a combo team made up of Dutch and Luxembourg riders. Although Gaul was designated the team leader, he had zero faith in his teammates. He concluded that they would be of no help, so he announced he would not be splitting any prize money with them. With that, Gaul was effectively on his own.

Ultimately, he rode a brilliant race, capturing yellow on the next to last stage, a 74km time trial. He started the stage 1’07” behind race leader Vito Favero. He buried the field, winning the stage by 48 seconds over second-place Gastone Nencini. Favero blew up and finished 3’17” behind Gaul.

The next day, Gaul rode into Paris to claim his final victory as he was crowned the 1958 Tour de France champion!

Size:  8 ½   x 11 ½  inches  (29 x 21 cm)

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

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Weight 2 lbs

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