The Winner of the First Giro! 

Luigi Ganna 


Luigi Ganna (1 December 1883 – 2 October 1957) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist. He was the overall winner of the

first Giro d'Italia, held in 1909, as well as the first Italian winner of the classic Milan–San Remo earlier that year.


Further highlights in his career were his fifth place in the 1908 Tour de France and several podium places in Italian classic races. In 1908,

he set a new Italian hour record, which he held for six years.


This is en extremely rare beautifully signed photo of Ganna which I obtained from a good collector friend of Italy.


(April 2024)

The Greatest Swiss Sprinter of the Past 

Ernest (Ernst) Kaufmann 


Ernst Kaufmann (9 June 1895 – 20 December 1943) was a Swiss racing cyclist. He won the sprint event at the 1925 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the Grand Prix de Paris in 1923 and 1927. He was the Swiss National Road Race champion in 1917 and 1918, and was an 18-time national sprint champion. 


In 1932 Kaufmann retired from his active career as a racing cyclist. He designed bikes, worked as a representative for bicycle companies and also served as director of the cycling track in Zurich-Oerlikon for two years.


Shortly before Christmas 1943, Kaufmann succumbed to kidney disease.


(April 2024)





Tour de France Winner 2022/2023 

Jonas Vingegaard


Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard has won the Tour de France for a second straight year as cycling’s most storied race finished Sunday, July 23, on the famed Champs-Elysées. With a huge lead built up over main rival Tadej Pogačar, the 2020 and 2021 winner, Vingegaard knew the victory was effectively his again before the largely ceremonial stage at the end of the 110th edition of the Tour.

(August 2023)





The Eagle of Toledo dies at Age 95

Federico Bahamontes


Federico Bahamontes, the first Spaniard to win the Tour de France, has died at the age of 95 on Tuesday August 8, 2023.


Bahamontes, who earned the nickname “The Eagle of Toledo” after numerous victories in mountain stages, won the Tour de France in 1959 and was also the first cyclist to complete a “career triple” by winning the “King of the Mountains” classification in all three Grand Tours.


Known as a fiery, eccentric character who was not always popular with rivals, Bahamontes once famously stopped at the top of the Col de Romeyere with broken spokes and had ice cream while waiting for his team car and the main group of riders.


He retired at 37 after a win in Montjuic.


(August 2023)




The Little Brother!

Serse Coppi


Serse Coppi (19 March 1923 – 29 June 1951) was an Italian professional road racing cyclist born in Castellania. He was the younger brother of Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi.



His greatest victory was 1949 Paris–Roubaix, when he was placed equal winner with André Mahé after controversy.


He died in 1951 after crashing in the final sprint of the Giro del Piemonte, when his wheel was caught in the tracks of the Turin tramway. He was 28.  He died in Fausto's arms before an operation could be performed.


(August 2023)


This is a very rare piece of a Cycling Memorabilia!

The Teacher and his Student

Leo Amberg was considered one of the strongest Swiss road drivers before the Second World War. 


His greatest successes were third place overall in the Tour de France in 1937 and at the UCI Road World Championships in 1938.


After ending his career as a professional racing driver in 1947, Leo Amberg opened a cycling shop. He is considered the discoverer of Hugo Koblet.


After completing his apprenticeship in 1943, Hugo Koblet sought contact with the famous Leo Amberg, who ran a bicycle shop near his home. Koblet joins Amberg as a bicycle mechanic, who quickly plays the role of a paternally well-disposed sports adviser for the young Hugo.


As a result, the pupil was to achieve the very great successes that the teacher was denied. 


Hugo Koblet won the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia as well as competing in six-day and pursuit races on the track. He won 70 races as a professional. 


(July 2023)


A Legendary Battle of the

Tour de France 1964

Raymond Poulidor’s best years collided with Jacques Anquetil’s best years, their duel reached its peak at the Tour de France in 1964. Poulidor was more agressive, attack-friendly rider, who was good in the mountains, while Anquetil dominated the time trials and was considered a more calculating, cold-headed racer. 


Their clash on the 20th stage, which finished on Puy de Dôme, of Tour de France 1964 became one of the most iconic moments in the history of road racing. They rode literally shoulder by shoulder together, as the famous image shows it. 


Newerteless, Poulidor attacked a few times, but he could not drop his rival until they reached the Flammes Rouge. Inside the final kilometre Poulidor was finaly able to ride away from Anquetil and finished third behind Jiménez and Bahamontes. After the stage he was only 14″ behind Anquetil, but could never turn the race.


It was definitely the closest moment Poulidor ever had the possibility of winning the Tour de France. 

(June 2023)

The First Swiss Cycling Star

















Jean Gougoltz (1875 - 1917)


Jean Gougoltz was an allrounder who competed in numerous races on the road and on the track internationally.


In 1900 he became Swiss champion in the sprint, in 1905 the professional stayer. In 1903 he also won the Paris eight-day race ahead of Lucien Petit-Breton, a race that involved driving eight hours a day for eight days.


Jean Gougoltz drove eight six-day races, in 1900 he finished third in New York together with the Frenchman César Simar. This made both the first Europeans to stand on the podium at a US six-day race. In 1901 Jean Gougoltz started at Paris-Roubaix, but was only 18th due to a starvation.


Tour de France 1913 and the Tourmalet incident

Eugène Christophe


Eugène Christophe (born Malakoff, Paris, France, 22 January 1885, died in Paris, 1 February 1970) was a French road bicycle racer and pioneer of cyclo-cross. He was a professional from 1904 until 1926. In 1919 he became the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France . 


Eugène Christophe rode 11 Tours de France and finished eight. He never won but he became famous for having to weld together his bicycle on the Tourmalet while leading the Tour de France in 1913. It was one of a series of events that coloured his racing career.





Magnificant Collection Pieces of GIRARDENGO and BOTTECHIA, some of the

Greatest Italian Cycling Champions

Swiss Giro Team 1954

Guerra - Ursus    


The following Swiss participants of the Giro 1954 signed this card:

  • Remo Pianezzi
  • Carlo Cerici (Winner Giro 1954)
  • Emilio Crocitorti
  • Hugo Koblet (Winner Giro 1950)
  • Marcel Huber
  • Martin Metzger
  • Fritz Schär


                                                                                        Hugo Koblet and Carlo Clerici


Tour de France Winner 2020

Tadej Pogajar
Tadej Pogajar

Tadej Pogacar


Tadej Pogačar born 21 September 1998) is a Slovenian cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. In his debut Grand Tour, Pogačar won three stages of the 2019 Vuelta a España en route to a third place finish.


He rode in the 2020 Tour de France for the first time, becoming the overall winner and also securing the young rider and mountain classification.He is the first Slovenian winner and with the age of 21 he became the second youngest winner after Henri Cornet's win in 1904.


World Champion 1955

Stan Ockers
Stan Ockers

Constant ("Stan") Ockers


(3 February 1920 in Borgerhout – 1 October 1956 in Antwerp) was a Belgian professional racing cyclist.


He was runner-up in the Tour de France in 1950 and 1952, and the best sprinter in that race in 1955 and 1956. In 1955 he won the Classic "Ardennes double" by winning La Flèche Wallonne and the Liège–Bastogne–Liège in the same year.. He also won the World Cycling Championship that year.


Stan Ockers died after crashing during a track race in Antwerp in 1956. A year later a monument was built in Les Forges, Sprimont, in the south of Belgium.

Tour de Suisse Winner 1936, Nice Portrait

Henri Garnier
Henri Garnier

Henri Garnier


Henri Garnier (born September 19, 1908 in Feschaux, Belgium, † January 4, 2003 Falmagne, France) was a Belgian cyclist.


Henri Garnier was a professional racing driver from 1933 to 1937. In his first professional year he was second in the Tour of Belgium. In 1936 he was able to win a stage and the Tour de Suisse after having finished second in the previous year. In 1937 he again won a stage in the Swiss national tour. In the same year he ended his career at the age of 29. In 2003 Garnier died in his adopted home in France at the age of 94.


World Champion 2019

Mads Pedersen
Mads Pedersen

Mads Pedersen


(born 18 December 1995) is a Danish professional racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Trek–Segafredo. In September 2019, he won the men's road race at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, England, and became the first Danish cyclist to win the men's World Championship road race title.



Tour de Suisse Winner 2019 with Fabian Cancellara

Egan Bernal
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal Gómez (born 13 January 1997)


is a Colombian cyclist, who rides for UCI WorldTeam Team Ineos.He won the 2019 Tour de Suisse and Tour de France, becoming the first Latin American winner of these races.













Tour de France Winner 2019


 Egan Bernal


A Great Champion is dead!

Felice Gimondi
Felice Gimondi

Italian cycling legend Felice Gimondi has died on August 17, 2019, at the age of 76.


Gimondi suffered a heart attack while swimming in Sicily.


After a late call-up, he won the 1965 Tour de France in his first season as a professional at just 22 years old. By winning the Giro d'Italia in 1967 and the Vuelta a Espana in 1968, he became the second cyclist after Jacques Anquetil to win all three Grand Tours. Gimondi won five Grand Tours in total, claiming further Giro titles in 1969 and 1976 before retiring in 1978.


He was also a prodigious classics rider, winning four 'monument' titles - cycling's oldest and most prestigious one-day races - including both Paris-Roubaix and Giro di Lombardia in 1966, before a second Lombardia title in 1973 and victory in Milan-San Remo the following year. Gimondi also won the 1973 world road championships in Barcelona.


Kings of Sixdays!


Fritz Pfenninger (15 October 1934 – 12 May 2001)


was a Swiss cyclist. He was a specialist in six-day racing, winning a total of 33 events between 1956 and 1970, including 19 with Peter Post.




Klaus Bugdahl (born 24 November 1934)


is a retired German cyclist who was active between 1954 and 1978 both on the road and track. On track, he competed in 228 six-day races and won 37 of them.


Perfect Photo and Signature!

Rene Vietto
Rene Vietto

René Vietto


French cyclist born February 17, 1914 in Rocheville (Alpes-Maritimes). Magnificent climber, René Vietto moves the whole of France by sacrificing his chances during the 1934 Tour de France to help his leader, Antonin Magne . Winner of three stages in the Alps, he first repairs Antonin Magne, who had punctured in the Puymorens pass, by offering him his wheel. The next day, Antonin Magne falls in the descent of Portet-d'Aspet; Rene Vietto, left at the front, turns around, climbs the pass in the other direction and gives his machine to his leader. In 1939 are created the regional teams on the Tour. René Vietto is retained in the formation of South-East. Seeming to have found his superb, he seized the yellow jersey at the end of the fourth stage. He will keep his tunic of gold until the fifteenth stage. Finally, after experiencing a failure in the Izoard, he finished second in the Grand Loop, more than 30 minutes from Belgian Sylvère Maès.


René Vietto is the favorite of the first Tour de France after the war, in 1947. He seized the yellow jersey in the second leg, but, victim of a failure during the time trial against Vannes-Saint -Brieuc, he's mortgaging his chances. He will only take fifth place in this edition won by Jean Robic ahead of Pierre Brambilla. He ended his career in 1949.



Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson


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"

Hugo Koblet
Hugo Koblet

Leo Amberg
Leo Amberg



(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
Jean Robic



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 Thomas
Geraint Thomas



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.