Ottavio Bottecchia in Briançon, Tour de France 1925

Ottavio Bottecchia in Briançon, Tour de France 1925

July 9, 1925: in this historic photo, the legendary Italian cyclist Ottavio Bottechia approaches to the finish line at Tour de France 1925 stage 13, a 275 km going from Nice to Briançon. The monster stage has featured three major ascents, all above two thousand meters: Col d’Allos (2,250 m), Col de Vars (2,108 m) and Col d’Izoard (2,360 m). Fellow Italian Bartolomeo Aimo, the Alcyon teammate of Bottecchia’s rival Nicolas Frantz won the stage in 13h 5 min 3sec. Bottecchia finished in second at 9min 57sec, 3 min 40 sec ahead of Frantz, who finished in third, and reinforced his yellow jersey. Bottecchia, who had also won the previous Tour de France, started 1925 Tour by winning the first stage, then he won 6th and 7th stages, and made his Tour victory complete by also winning the last stage.

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