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1974 Tour De France - Stage 2

Road Cycling - 1974 Tour de France - Stage Two: Plymouth-Plymouth
The peloton on the Plympton bypass. Belgiums Eddy Merckx is pictured, centre, in the white combination jersey.
He would go on to win the general classification.
It was the first time the Tour had been staged on British soil, to celebrate the UKs entry to the Common Market
29/06/1974

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This print captures a historic moment in the world of cycling - the 1974 Tour de France, Stage 2. The image showcases the peloton racing along the Plympton bypass during this iconic stage that took place in Plymouth, England. Standing out amidst the pack is Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx, adorned in the white combination jersey at the center of attention. Eddy Merckx's presence in this photograph holds great significance as he would go on to claim victory in the general classification, solidifying his status as one of cycling's greatest champions. This achievement further cements his legendary reputation and adds another remarkable chapter to his illustrious career. What makes this particular edition of Tour de France even more special is that it marked a historical milestone for Britain. It was their first time hosting such an esteemed event on British soil, serving as a celebration of their entry into the Common Market. The atmosphere must have been electric with fans lining up along every inch of road to witness this thrilling race unfold before their eyes. Preserved by Colorsport Images and captured by photographer Stewart Fraser, this print not only immortalizes an unforgettable moment but also serves as a testament to human endurance and sporting excellence. Whether you are a passionate cycling enthusiast or simply appreciate witnessing history being made, this stunning visual encapsulates all that is extraordinary about competitive road cycling at its finest.

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