Selections & Collections

Fri 14 June 2019, 10:00 AM - Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

Selections & Collections

Lot 4

AN HISTORIC 1974 TOUR DE FRANCE WORN YELLOW JERSEY FOR LEGENDARY MOLTENI RIDER EDDY MERCKX TOGETHER WITH AUTOGRAPHS & WINNERS RIBBON SASH¦¦The Le Coq Sportif cotton jersey with original zip, stitched silk `Almentari Molteni` sponsor label and cotton `Miko` label front and back and with three section lumbar pocket. The green white and red banded sash signed by Merckx. Black and white photos etc¦¦It is said of Edouard Louis Merckx that he is to cycling what Muhammad Ali is to boxing or Pel¦ is to football.... simply the best there has ever been. For 14 years between 1965 and 1978, cyclist Eddy `The Canibal` Merckx was a machine that dominated in what is regarded as cycling`s golden age with many memorable characters who, at any other time, would have gone on to become legends. ¦¦Merckx amassed 445 victories by simply crushing rivals, ruining their hopes and their careers. The Canibal`s legacy resides as much in the careers he ruined than his five Tour de France wins. So dominant had Merckx become by 1973 that he was ordered to stay away from the Tour for the good of the event.¦¦The 61st edition of the Tour de France in 1974 was notable for Merckx equalling French cyclist Jacques Anquetil`s five tour victories and he winning his fifth, and last, Tour de France five races. He won a record number of stages (32 surpassing the previous record of 25) and became the first man to win the Triple Crown of Cycling in the same year (Tour de France, Giro d`Italia and Tour de Suisse). The 1974 tour was also memorable for staging in the UK for the first time and for Basque separatist placed bombs on press and team cars. ¦¦Merckx was favourite leading up to the Tour despite for the first time in his professional career not winning a Classic Tour leading up to the main event and despite being absent for the 1973 tour but the odds were not improved by surgery on his perineum only five days before the 1974 Tour commenced!¦¦The following year, Merckx was subject to violence by a spectator during a stage preventing him winning the Tour de France for a record sixth time and beating the shared record of Tour victories. ¦¦Provenance: entered directly from Belgium by female Belgian vendor who was 20 years old in 1974. The vendor`s father was very friendly with Jean Crahay, the driver of the car of a Belgian sports newspaper. Crahay became good friends with Eddy Merckx and fellow Belgian cyclist Joseph Bruy¦re, they both gave Crahay yellow jerseys from the tour. The jersey were then in turn gifted to the vendor`s father who passed them on to the vendor who was a big fan of Eddy Merckx and the Tour de France at the time¦

Guide price
£5000 - £10000

Hammer price £7,000.00