1939 Tour de France

Today marks the end of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, arguably the most famous bike race in the world. Much has changed. here are images captured by Robert Capa during the 1939 Tour, which was won by the Belgian cyclist Sylvère Maes, who also won the 1935 Tour.

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Robert Capa, [René Vietto and  Sylvère Maes, Tour de France], July 1939 (2012.58.199)

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Robert Capa, [René Vietto, Tour de France], July 1939 (2012.58.209)

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Robert Capa, [Romain Maes, Tour de France], July 1939 (2012.58.193)

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Robert Capa, [Resting cyclist, Tour de France], July 1939 (2010.85.229)

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Robert Capa, [Tour de France cyclist and spectators], July 1939 (2012.58.173)

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About erinbarnett

Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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