1976 Tour of Morocco, Viktor Kapitanov and Aavo Pikkouous, Miroir Original Vintage Press Photo, Photographer Jean Jaffre


Soviet Team Director, Viktor Kapitanov, chats with rider #74, Aavo Pikkouous, who ultimately won the Green Leaders Jersey at the 1976 Tour du Maroc. The Tour of Morocco is an 8 Day stage race, founded in 1937.  From 1957 to 1993 the event was strictly for amateurs. The Soviet team used the 1976 Tour de Maroc as preparation for the upcoming Montreal Olympics.

Viktor Kapitanov was the winner of the Olympic road race in Rome in 1960 on a Cinelli which catapulted the Cinelli marque onto the world stage. He was the coach of the USSR cycling team after he retired. The rider is the great Eastonian cyclist Aavo Pikkuus, an Olympic champion as well as Peace Race winner, riding for the USSR. The bike is a red Colnago Super that Pikkuus used throughout his career. Pikkuus is lionized in Estonia as one of their greatest athletes. **

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.  Image 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.

** Thank you Norman Hellman for the details about this wonderful photo.

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Aavo Pikkuus

Aavo Pikkuus (born 23 November 1954) is a retired Estonian cyclist. He was part of the Soviet Union cycling team that won the 100 km team time trial at the 1976 Summer Olympics  and 1977 UCI Road World Championships and finished second at the world championships in 1975 and 1978.

Between 1974 and 1977 Pikkuus won four national (Soviet) titles in the road race. In 1975 he finished third at the multistage Peace Race. He won that race in 1977 individually and in 1975 and 1977–1979 in the team competition; in 1977 he was leading the race from start to finish. He won the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1977 and Giro delle Regione in 1978.

He retired from cycling in 1981 and for several years successfully competed in auto rally. (For example, he won the 1983 Saaremaa Rally.) Later he owned a car shop, which burned down in the 1990s.

Pikkuus is an honorary member of the Estonian Olympic Committee and was named Estonian Sports personality of the year five times (1974–1978). In 2001 he was awarded the Order of the Estonian Red Cross. He is married and has three daughters and a son.

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Viktor Kapitonov

Viktor Arsenevich Kapitonov (Russian: Виктор Арсеньевич Капитонов, 25 October 1933 – 5 March 2005) was a Soviet road cyclist who competed at the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics. In 1956 he finished 32nd individually and 6th with the Soviet team. In 1960 he won the individual road race and finished third in the 100 km team time trial. His gold medal was the first for Soviet cyclists. At the end of the race Kapitonov mistakenly sprinted for the finish with one lap to go, surprising his main rival Livio Trapè. In the last lap Trapè sprinted first, but Kapitonov caught him up in the last few meters.

Kapitonov was part of the Soviet teams that won the Peace Race in 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1962. He retired in 1965 and until 1985 coached the Soviet road racing team. In 1983 he defended a PhD in pedagogy.

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