Jacques Escalssan & Guy Sibille Celebrate the Stage 8 Win, 1976 Tour de France, Miroir Original Vintage Press Photo, Photographer Henri Besson


This fantastic image captures Jacques Esclassan, 1976 Tour de France Stage 8 winner, celebrating with teammate Guy Sibille. Stage 8 was a hilly stage from Valentigney to Divonne-les-Bains. Esclassan was able to take advantage of Sibille’s slipstream giving France its first stage victory of the race over race leader Freddy Maertens who finished second on the stage.

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.

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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Jacques Esclassan

Jacques Esclassan grew up in the town of Castres where his parents ran an electricity company. His father supported his first promising steps in cycling and himself became president of Vélo Sport Castrais in the 1960s. After being refused admission to the Bataillon de Joinville, Jacques Esclassan completed his military service in transmissions at Épinal .

Jacques Esclassan was a very good road-sprinter. He was an amateur from 1968 to 1972 and totaled 100 victories during this period. In 1973, he turned professional and remained loyal to the Peugeot team (Peugeot-BP-Michelin then Peugeot-Esso-Michelin). He took part in seven Tours de France, from 1973 to 1979. He won the points classification there in 1977 and five stages.

Excerpt from Wikipedia


Guy Sibille

Guy Sibille (born 25 August 1948) is a former French racing cyclist. He won the French national road race title in 1976. He also competed in the team time trial at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

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