Thomas Simpson (30 November 1937 – 13 July 1967) was one of Britain's most successful professional cyclists.
In 1965 he became Britain's first world road race champion and won the Giro di Lombardia; this
made him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the first cyclist to win the award. Injuries hampered much of Simpson's 1966 season. He won two stages of the 1967 Vuelta a España before he won
the general classification of Paris–Nice that year.
In the thirteenth stage of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson collapsed and died during the ascent of Mont Ventoux. He was 29 years old. The post-mortem examination found that he had mixed amphetamines and alcohol; this diuretic combination proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint. He is held in high esteem by many cyclists for his character and will to win.
Extraordinary Photo with Signature of "Beautiful Hugo"
(born March 23, 1912 in Ballwil, † September 18, 1999 in Oberriet) was a Swiss cyclist.
Amberg was considered one of the strongest Swiss road drivers before the Second World
War. He was twice Swiss road champion (1937, 1938), won in 1935 at Nice-St. Tropez and 1937 at the championship of Zurich. His greatest successes were the third place in the overall
standings of the Tour de France in 1937 and at the UCI Road World Cup 1938.
After ending his career as a professional racing driver in 1947 Leo Amberg opened a cycling business. He is considered the discoverer of Hugo Koblet.
Very special promotion!!!
Jean Robic (10 June 1921 – 6 October 1980) was a French road racing cyclist, who won the 1947
Tour de France. Robic was a professional cyclist from 1943 to 1961. His diminutive stature (1.61m, 60 kg) and appearance was encapsulated in his nickname Biquet (Kid goat).
Robic found it hard to fit into an ordinary life when his career ended. He ran the family café but it failed, as did his marriage.
The first autographs of the Tour de France winner 2018 are available!
Geraint Howell Thomas (born 25 May 1986) is a Welsh professional racing cyclist, who rides for the UCI WorldTeam Team Sky, Wales and Great Britain. Competing on track, he has won three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.
Leaving track cycling to focus solely on the road, he subsequently found success in both one-day/classic races such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games road race and the 2015 E3 Harelbeke, and in one week stage races, most notably at the 2016 Paris–Nice, the 2017 Tour of the Alps and the 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné.
In the Tour de France 2018, he gained the yellow jersey by winning stage 11, extended his lead by winning stage 12, and retained the lead for the remainder of the event. He became the first Welshman, and the third British cyclist after Wiggins and Froome, to win the Tour.
Printed and Hand-signed Autographs: NOT A FAKE FOR SURE
Jean-Pierre "Jempi" Monseré (8 September 1948 – 15 March 1971) was a Belgian road racing cyclist who died while champion of
the world. Monseré was a talented amateur who turned professional for Flandria in 1969. He won the Giro di Lombardia that year. A year later he became the Belgian track omnium champion and
on 16 August 1970 he won the world championship in Leicester, England. He was the second-youngest world champion.
On 15 March 1971, Monseré was riding the Grote Jaarmarktprijs in Retie. On the road from Lille
to Gierle he collided with a car driven on the course and died on the spot. A monument now stands at the spot. In a cruel twist of fate, in 1976 Monseré's seven-year-old son, Giovanni,
died after a collision with a car, while riding his racing bike, given to him on his first communion by another world champion, Freddy Maertens.
Monseré’s autographs as a world champion are extremely rare as he just died about half a year after winning the title.
Costante Girardengo; 18 March 1893 - 9 February 1978) was an Italian professional road bicycle racer, considered by many to be one of the
finest riders in the history of the sport. He was the first rider to be declared a
"Campionissimo" or "champion of champions" by the Italian media and fans.
His career achievements include two wins in the Giro d'Italia, six wins in Milan–San Remo, three wins in the Giro di Lombardia; he was Italian road race champion on nine occasions. His professional career was extensive, lasting from 1912 to 1936 and was interrupted by World War I which robbed Girardengo of some of his best years. He was ranked number one in the World in 1919, 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1926.
At the height of his popularity in the 1920s he was said to be more popular than Mussolini and it was decreed that all express trains should stop in his home town Novi Ligure, an honour only normally awarded to heads of state.
Raphaël Géminiani (born Clermont-Ferrand, France, 12 June 1925) is a French former road bicycle racer. He had six podium finishes in the Grand Tours. His professional career ran from 1946 to 1960. He won the mountains competition in the Tour de France in 1951. His best overall place was second in 1951 behind Hugo Koblet. In 1955, Géminiani finished in the top 10 of the three big tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España), equalled by Gastone Nencini only in 1957.
This carefully autographed card together with the hand-written envelope shows the very professional way some of the former champions treated their fans!
Oscar Egg (2 March 1890 – 9 February 1961) was one of the first Swiss track and road bicycle champion. He captured the world hour record three times before the First World War and won major road races and stages of the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. He was also a noted developer of racing bicycles and bicycle components including lugs and derailleurs.
This photo was taken at the Tour de France 1910! Egg was 20 years old and participated in the Independent Category finishing at position 26.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HANDWRITING!!!
I have two cards of the Team Thomann TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLISTE 1910. The second one is signed by all three members, but especially by Henry Pelissier, the later Tour de France winner! (1923)
EXTREMELY RARE AND UNIQUE!
This very beautiful photo of Ottavio Bottecchia has been given to me by an Italian friend who lives in Pordenone, Bottechhia's place of residence.
Ottavio Bottecchia (August 1, 1894–June 14, 1927) was the first Italian to win the Tour de France.
After World War I went to France in search of work. There he took up cycle racing and began to have good results. He returned to Italy and in 1923 rode the Giro as an independent rider. His fifth place (46 minutes behind winner Costante Girardengo) made him the highest placed independent.
He was recruited by French bike maker Automoto, which had ambitions of selling bikes in Italy. He rode the 1923 Tour de France as a domestique for winner Henry Pélissier. The next year he took the lead after winning the first stage and held the lead to the end. In he1925 he again won the Tour, though this time he rode more tactically and economically. After that, the winning magic seemed to have left him. He abandoned the 1926 Tour during a terrible, stormy stage.
He was found murdered on June 3, 1927. His skull was broken, but his bike was a short distance away, undamaged. There are many theories about his death, but no strong evidence points reliably to any explanation.
Winners of the Tour de France
Original Postcard representing Jacques Marinelli, with his stamp signature. This card was then hand-signed by three Tour de France winners Gino Bartali (1938 and 48), Jean Robic (1947), Ferdi Kübler (1950), and other Tour participants: Jean Goldsmith, Marcel Dupont and Giovanni Corrieri.
Jacques Marinelli, born December 15, 1925 at Blanc-Mesnil, is a French cyclist, yellow jersey on the Tour de France 1949 he finishes in 3rd place. Subsequently, he was mayor of Melun (Seine-et-Marne) from 1989 to 2002 and president of the Melun Val de Seine agglomeration community.
ALBERT BÜCHI / ALBERT BUCHI
Albert Büchi (born June 27, 1907, † August 1988) was a Swiss cyclist.
Albert Büchi belonged to the first guard of the Swiss professional racing drivers in the early 1930s.
In 1931 he was Swiss street champion and third in the championship of Zurich. In the same year he was third at the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen and ninth in the overall standings of the Tour de France. Büchi started the tour three more times. In 1932 he was 11th, 1933 13th and 1934 17th.
In 1933 he finished second in the overall standings of the first ever Tour de Suisse, with a gap of 9:01 minutes to the Austrian Max Bulla.
FEDERICO BAHAMONTES: Coleccion Mitos del Ciclismo
Beautiful collection of 10 different hand-signed items by the winner of the Tour de France 1959
HUGO KOBLET: Mein schönster Sieg, Preis Fr. 1.50!
I found this very rare booklet in a bookstore, personally signed by the winner of the Tour de France 1951.
The price: € 25.-!
Fritz Schär (13 March 1926 in Kaltenbach – 29 September 1997 in Frauenfeld) was a Swiss cyclist who in 1953 won the first points classification ever in the Tour de France. He also finished third in the general classification in the 1954 Tour de France. He was the Swiss National Road Race champion in 1953.
In 1953, the Tour directors decided to mark the leader in the Points Classification with a Green Jersey. According to the Tour organisation, green is the color of hope. However, in 1968 the jersey was red, in order to please that year’s sponsor of the Points Classification.
The first keeper of the Green Jersey was Swiss all-rounder Fritz Schär, who also brought the jersey home at the end of that year’s Tour. As Schär wore the Yellow Jersey after the first stage in 1953, the first rider to wear the Green Jersey was the number two of the Points Classification, Dutchman Wout Wagtmans.
Heinz Müller (16 September 1924 – 25 September 1975) was a German road bicycle racer who the UCI Road Cycling World Championship in 1952. He also won the German National Road Race in 1953.
Romain Maes (10 August 1912 – 22 February 1983) was a Belgian cyclist who won the 1935 Tour de France after wearing the yellow jersey of leadership from beginning to end.
Gastone Nencini (1 March 1930 – 1 February 1980) was an Italian road racing cyclist who won the 1960 Tour de France and the 1957 Giro d'Italia.Nicknamed Il Leone del Mugello, "The Lion of Mugello", Nencini was a powerful all-rounder, particularly strong in the mountains.
He was an amateur painter and a chain smoker. He was a gifted descender. "The only reason to follow Nencini downhill would be if you had a death wish", said the French rider Raphaël Géminiani. It was in trying to follow Nencini down a mountain that Roger Rivière missed a bend, crashed over a wall and broke his spine.
This is a photo with a very creative autograph of Nencini!
Heinrich 'Heiri' Suter (10.07.1899 – 06.11.1978) was a professional road racing cyclist from Switzerland. Suter had 58 professional wins, including:·
Grand Prix Wolber (unofficial world championship) (1922, 1925)
Road champion of Switzerland: (1920, 1921, 1922, 1926, 1929)
Motor-paced champion of Switzerland: (1932, 1933)
Züri-Metzgete: (1919, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1928, 1929)
Paris–Tours: (1926, 1927)
Tour of Flanders (1923)
This photo is one of the jewels of my personal collection!