The Angel of the Mountains: Charly Gaul at the Col de la Cayolle, 1955 Tour de France

Tour de France 100: A Photographic History of the Tour de France; TDF100

“The Angel of the Mountains,” Charly Gaul of Luxembourg, crosses the summit of the Col de la Cayolle in the 1955 race. Gaul won two mountain stages, finished third overall, and claimed the King of the Mountains.

This photograph celebrating the history of the Tour de France is one of 250 rare and restored photographs from the new book Tour de France 100.

The Tour de France, first staged in 1903, is the world’s greatest sports spectacle, packed with heart-stopping drama, legendary rivalries, bitter tragedy, and outright farce. To celebrate the 100th Tour de France, award-winning author Richard Moore has researched Tour de France 100, a superb celebration in photographs and stories about the world’s greatest race.

All images on this website published by VeloPress with permission of their copyright holders, including but not limited to Getty Images, Agence France Presse, L’Equipe, Gamma-Keystone, Pressesports, and Gamma-Rapho.


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