Saturday, August 1, 2009

Two Top Touriste-Routier at the 1933 Tour de France

These two "touriste-routiers", Giuseppe Martano (Italy) and Vicente Trueba (Spain), had a big influence on the 1933 Tour de France. Martano (left) was a danger-man in the Alps, threatening the yellow jersey of Georges Speicher, while petite climber Trueba (right) became the first "King of the Mountians". In Paris, Speicher retained his overall victory, Martano was on the podium in third place, and Trueba a.k.a. "The Flea of Torrelavega" finshed 6th.

Note Martano's beautiful Frejus jersey, slices of rubber innertubes securing the water bottles, and what looks like hundreds of feet of cloth tape padding his drops, wrapping his brake lever hoods, and adding some grip to his brake levers.

From "Match l'Intran" No.361, 8 August 1933.

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mpetry912 said...

Great pic. And check out the toe strap that secures the inner tube around his shoulders. Had not seen that detail before. Certainly a Binda Extra.

Aldo said...

Mark, that's a spare tire, not inner tube.

mpetry912 said...

I stand corrected. Silly me. Is it a binda strap ? :-)

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