Yves Hezard, 1976 Tour de France, Miroir Original Vintage Press Photo


This stunning image captures Yves Hezard going all out at the 1976 Tour de France. Hezard riding for the Gan-Mercier Team, finished 9th in the Prologue Individual Time Trial and 13th on the Stage 3 ITT.

These beautiful large-format original press photographs are directly from the archives of Miroir du Cyclisme and Miroir-Sprint.  The reverse of each photo bears the Miroir markings as a road map of its history and authenticity. The images are all stamped by either Miroir du Cyclisme or Miroir-Sprint; many have publication crop marks or show the page and magazine issue the photo was used in.  Some even bear a unique stamp with the name of the photographer.

Miroir du Cyclisme was a French monthly magazine, a photo-focused wonderland of cycling news and historical articles for 35 years, from 1960 to 1994. The companion publication, Miroir-Sprint, came out weekly and reported on news of various sports from 1946 to 1971. In the era before streaming and on-demand viewing, publications like Miroir were how fans kept up on racing results, followed their favorite riders, and stayed current on all things cycling.

Renowned cycling photographers Henri and Marcel Besson, Jean Jaffre, Louis Lucchesi, Roger Monnet, Roger Touchard, and others were featured prominently in both publications, and works from these important photojournalists are included in the selection offered here.

Maurice Vidal founded the magazine and ran it until he died in 1992, which directly contributed to its long-time consistent look and feel.

The issues of both these publications are a treasure trove of cycling history; art and photographs are very collectible among cycling fans.

Miroir Magazine NOT included. Images provided for reference only.

Photo Size: 12 x 9.5 inches (30.5 x 24 cm)

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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Yves Hezard


Yves Hézard was the French military road champion in 1969.

In 1970, he had a good season winning Paris-Rouen , Paris-Vailly , a stage in the Grand Prix de l’Avenir and even Paris-Auxerre . At the end of this season, he won the Mérite Veldor for the best amateur.

Turning professional in 1971, and winner of the competition, he was downgraded from the French Road Cycling Championship due to doping , as had been Paul Gutty the previous year and Désiré Letort in 1967.

He took part in the 1972 Tour de France, winning the 7th  stage from Bayonne to Pau. He finished seventh overall. The following year, in the 1973 Tour, he retired on stage 13. At the 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1981 Tours, he was unsuccessful and finished  21st45th17th17th, and 71st respectively.

In 1977 , the rider from Nivernais, measuring one meter 77 for a form weight of 70 kilos, became the French pursuit champion.

Leaving the professional peloton, Yves Hézard became national coach from 1982 to 1987.

Then he returned to the peloton by becoming sports director of the La Vie Claire cycling team , which would become Toshiba from 1988 to 1991 . At the end of 1990, he was replaced by Bernard Vallet. In 1992 , the Mavic company recruited him and he became head of the Sports marketing department. As such, he is present in all the caravans of the Tour.

During the 2006 Tour de France , during the Morzine stage , to celebrate his retirement and to thank him for his active participation in the various Tours de France, Jean-Marie Leblanc presented him with the Plateau d’Argent du Tour de France.

Excerpt from Wikipedia France. Translated by Google


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