Le Tour de France: Stage 5 – Les Sables d’Olonne-Bayonne, 1922

Cycling History

Robert Jacquinot taking a break to eat at a cafe in Hostens during stage 5, Les Sables d'Olonne – Bayonne, 3 July 1922 Robert Jacquinot taking a break to eat at a cafe in Hostens during stage 5, Les Sables d’Olonne – Bayonne, 3 July 1922

It is perhaps my favourite cycling related photograph, a framed reprint of which sits on my bookshelves. It was taken during Le Tour on 3 July, 1922, in the commune of Hostens somewhat over two-thirds of the way into the 482 kilometres of the 5th stage from Les Sables d’Olonne to Bayonne. Robert Jacquinot, the rider captured tucking into a bowl of soup, a baguette, and a glass of wine, had lost the yellow jersey on the previous stage after suffering several punctures and losing 1 hour 41 minutes to Eugène Christophe. When the photo was taken he had ridden around 340 kilometres that day on top of the 1569 kilometres reeled off in the previous four stages. Notwithstanding that there was a rest day in between each stage…

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