the winner / 勝者エディ・メルクス

July 20, 2011

22 July 1972, France
World Cycling Championships
design & engraving: Georges Bétemps

This stamp does not show the name of the rider pictured, but it is Eddy Merckx who won the World Championship in 1971.  Shortly after the launch of this stamp, he also won the Tour de France of 1972, for the third time.

On the contrary to this feature, I am enjoying the absence of the ‘superstar’ in the Tour de France 2011 – stage winners are honestly talking about the support they have received from team mates, and I like the modest comments by Thomas Voeckler, who has kept his Maillot jaune for nine days.  I am now a great supporter of his – why not a French winner after 26 years of foreign riders winning?



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