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Joséphine Baker at the 1933 TdF

Posted in Uncategorized by lagazzettadellabici on March 12, 2010

Bike racing fan Ernest Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw” – singer, movie star, exotic dancer, and future member of the French Resistance, ex-patriot American entertainer Josephine Baker embraced France whole-heartedly, just as France embraced their new “Joséphine”. Here the Folies Bergére star poses with the French National Team after presenting them with flowers before the start of the 1933 Tour de France. Riders, from left to right: Charles Pélissier, André Leducq (winner in 1930 & 1932, 2nd in 1928), Maurice Archambaud, Georges Speicher, Antonin Magne (winner in 1931 & 1934, 2nd in 1936, 3rd in 1930), Léon Le Calvez, Roger Lapébie (winner in 1937, 3rd in 1934), and René Le Grevès. On the extreme left with his hand in the air is messieur Henri Desgrange, and on the extreme right is Lucien Cazalis, Secretary General of the Tour.

Not to give away the end, but Speicher would go on to win the ’33 Tour ahead of Italians Learco Guerra (Italian National Team) and Giuseppe Martano (independent – anyone know if he’s the “Martano” in Martano rims?).
From “Le Miroir des Sports” No.714, 1 July 1933. 

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