Sven Ake Nilsson, Stage 17, 1980 Tour de France, Original Vintage Press Photo


Sven Ake Nilsson, of the Miko-Mercier Team, descends in the Polka Dot Jersey on Stage 17 of the 1980 Tour de France.

For half a decade early in his career, Nilsson was among the strongest GC Contenders in the peloton and often among the top overall in the Tour de France while riding for the very strong Miko-Mercier squad. In the 1978 Tour de France he finished 11th, in 1979 12th, 1980 7th, and in 1981 he finished 8th. He had a stage win and 3rd place overall in the 1982 Vuelta, and a few months later he rode the Tour for the final time in 1982 finishing in 14th place overall.

Photo Size: 9.5 x 7 inches  (24 x 18 cm)

This Tour de France photo came out of a larger Presse Sport Photo album. Each photo is held to the description page with photo corners; no glue or tape was used.

This is a two-sided page with a bonus shot of the peloton on Stage 17 on the reverse.

As the photographs are quite old and one of a kind, please look carefully at the photos to determine their condition.

This photograph is an original print – the real deal.

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1980 Tour de France

The 1980 Tour de France was the 67th edition of the Tour de France. The total distance was 3,842 km (2,387 mi) over 22 stages. In the first half of the race, Bernard Hinault started out strong by winning the prologue and two stages. However, knee problems forced Hinault to abandon the race while still in the lead. Joop Zoetemelk became the new leader and defended that position successfully. Just as in 1979 when Hinault and Zoetemelk finished nearly a half-hour ahead of the rest of the field, the 1980 edition was a battle between these two riders until Hinault abandoned. At the time Hinault was just 21 seconds ahead of Zoetemelk and the race was about to enter the Pyrenees. Zoetemelk did not wear the yellow jersey during stage 13 though he did in every stage thereafter finishing the race with nearly a seven-minute advantage over second-place Hennie Kuiper. It was his first Tour victory in his tenth attempt, after already having finished second in five editions.

The points classification was won by Rudy Pevenage, who also won the intermediate sprints classification. The mountains classification was won by Raymond Martin, and Johan van der Velde won the young rider classification

Winner  Joop Zoetemelk (NED) (TI–Raleigh–Creda)
Second  Hennie Kuiper (NED) (Peugeot–Esso–Michelin)
Third  Raymond Martin (FRA) (Miko–Mercier–Vivagel)

Points  Rudy Pevenage (BEL) (IJsboerke–Warncke Eis)
Mountains  Raymond Martin (FRA) (Miko–Mercier–Vivagel)
Youth  Johan van der Velde (NED) (TI–Raleigh–Creda)
Combination  Ludo Peeters (BEL) (IJsboerke–Warncke Eis)
Sprints  Rudy Pevenage (BEL) (IJsboerke–Warncke Eis)
Combativity  Christian Levavasseur (FRA) (Miko–Mercier–Vivagel)
Team Miko–Mercier–Vivagel
Team points TI–Raleigh–Creda

Excerpt from Wikipedia


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