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Vuelta a España - A Brief History

August 22, 2016

Eddy Merckx Celebrating Victory at the 1973 Vuelta

The Tour of Spain, or the Vuelta a España as known in the native tongue. Arguably less revered as the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta has a rich history of its own. The first edition in 1935 saw the 50 competing riders average a gallant 240km per stage, with the 3411km course split over as little as 14 stages...

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Jean-Paul van Poppel's Reynolds 753 Gazelle Champion Mondial

August 01, 2016

Jean-Paul Van Poppel Riding for PDM Concorde c.1987/88

"Popeye" was his nickname, and not only was he one of The Netherlands most successful cyclists, he was also one of the most exciting. Winner of the green jersey at the 1987 Tour de France, and with a total of 9 stage wins overall, he would often claim victory from seemingly futile positions. His four stage wins in the 1988 Tour made him the most successful Dutch sprinter in a single tour...

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