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‘Rien a Faire Contre Alcyon’

Lithographic poster printed by: IMP. Des Établ.ts ALCYON

Artist: anonymous

Dated: c. 1912

Size: 159.5 x 120 cm.

Materials/Media: Original lithographic poster, linen backed

Provenance: The Boskovštejn Bike Museum, Czech Republic.


Note: This poster shows the famous Belgian road-racing cyclist Odile Defraeye (born 1888 – died 1965), riding on his bike between dangerous lions. Odile Defraeye was the first Belgian road-racing cyclist to win the Tour and was only invited to join Alcyon’s all-French team at a late stage for publicity purposes.


In the 1913 Tour de France, Defraeye held the overall lead after stages 2 through 5 before relinquishing the lead on the Tourmalet to Stage 6 and eventual winner Philippe Thys. He participated in six tours between 1909 and 1924, but his victory Tour was the only one that he completed.


Other major wins of cyclist Odile Defraeye were the 1913 Milan–San Remo, a one-day classic and four stages and the overall for the 1912 Tour of Belgium

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