Original Kodak. Original Rapha.

by Old Bone Machine


This evocative image is from the 1963 Tour de France, the riders are from the team Saint Raphael-Geminiani-Dunlop.

In the 1963 edition of the Tour the great French rider Jacques Anquetil claimed his 4th overall win (he would win again in 1964). He rode for Saint Raphael-Geminiani-Dunlop, who also won the Team Classification in the 1963 Tour. 

Saint Raphael, a quinine-based, herbal aperitif, was shortened to Rapha as commercial company names, unrelated to the cycling industry, were not allowed to be displayed on jerseys.

The Rapha name, team and era inspired Simon Mottram and Luke Scheybeler, who created the British cycling apparel company, Rapha.

The image was sourced from the treasure trove of classic cycling photography that is Il Dolore.