Statue of Tour de France cyclist Eugène Christophe

Statue of cyclist Eugene Christophe, Sainte-Marie de Campan, Bigorre, France

Statue of cyclist Eugène Christophe, Sainte-Marie de Campan
Statue of cyclist Eugene Christophe, Sainte-Marie de Campan, Bigorre, France

Eugène Christophe was a professional racing cyclist who competed from 1904 to 1926. In 1919 he became the first wearer the Tour de France’s legendary yellow jersey. Christophe rode 11 Tours de France, finishing eight. This statue to him in Sainte-Marie de Campan refers to the 1913 race – when in the lead, Christophe broke his forks on the descent of the Col de Tourmalet. He walked to this village and had to repair his forks – without help, due to race rules – at a blacksmith’s forge. He was fined for having a boy assist, to work the bellows.

Stock photographs: Statue of Tour de France cyclist Eugène Cristophe

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