In the 1920’s it was believed that smoking cigarettes IMPROVED respiration. Here’s a poster of some cyclists in the Tour de France, sharing cigarettes before a hill climb.
Witty and historic, this photo from the book “An Intimate Portrait of the Tour de France” blows smoke at the mettle of the men behind the pedal. Tour de France leaders Vervaecke and Geldhof smoke the competition in this humorous and insightful 1920s picture showing the two rivals sharing a cigarette, which, at the time, was thought to open up an athlete’s lungs.
The smoking rider on the left (to us), is Julien Vervaecke (3 November 1899 – May 1940), the Belgian professional road bicycle racer. He won Paris–Roubaix, Paris–Brussels, 2 stages in the Tour de France and finished 3rd in the 1927 Tour de France. The other smoking rider, fellow Belgian, who helped by another cyclist, is Maurice Geldhof (22 October 1905 in Moorslede – 26 April 1970 in Wevelgem). In the 1927 Tour de France, he won the 19th stage.
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