Rapha’s Tour de France prints

This year’s Tour de France, which starts in Corsica on 29 June, will be the 100th edition of the epic cycle race.

David Sparshott – 1974-1983
David Sparshott – 1974-1983

To mark the occasion, uber-aspirational bike brand Rapha has commissioned ten illustrators to create artworks commemorating the 100 tours that have taken place.

Yuji Yamada – 1954-1963
Yuji Yamada – 1954-1963

The La Centième project has contributors from around the world, each illustrator has been given a ten-year period to represent.

Geoff McFetridge – 1994-2003
Geoff McFetridge – 1994-2003

Riccardo Guasco, whose print represents the 1913-1926 period, sums up the old-school nature of the race, with these moustachioed bikers.

Riccardo Guasco – 1913-1926
Riccardo Guasco – 1913-1926

As does Sheryl Chapman (1927-1936) who shows racers Antonin Magne and Andre Leducq complete with old-fasioned goggles and water-bottles mounted on their handlebars.

Sheryl Chapman – 1927-1936
Sheryl Chapman – 1927-1936

And bringing things up to date, Jack Saunders (2004-2013) has created a piece based around 87 hours, 34 minutes, 47 seconds – Sir Bradley Wiggins’s winning time in last year’s race.

Jack Saunders – 2004-2013
Jack Saunders – 2004-2013

The prints are available to buy at www.rapha.cc and are also on show at Rapha Cycle Clubs in London, Osaka, San Francisco and Sydney.

Ultan Coyle – 1903-1912
Ultan Coyle – 1903-1912

Rohan Eason – 1937-1953
Rohan Eason – 1937-1953

Max Erdenberger – 1984-1993
Max Erdenberger – 1984-1993

Jo Burt – 1964-1973
Jo Burt – 1964-1973

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