Smoking in the Peloton Cycling Poster

Smoking in the Peloton Cycling Poster

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 Vervaeke and Geldhol 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.

Size: 30 x 22 in (76.2 x 55.88 cm). Price: $11.99 (click to buy from

M. Özgür Nevres

I am a software developer, an ex-racing cyclist (at the amateur level) and a science enthusiast. Also an animal lover! I write about cycling on this website, You can check out my social media profiles by clicking on their icons.
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