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The Men of Paris-Roubaix: a sartorial portrait book contains beautiful original photography of some of the early riders of Paris-Roubaix, the toughest and most beautiful of road cycling’s one-day Classic races.
Reproduced from contemporary sports photographers archives found in the collection of the French National Library, they are presented in the style of an old sport photographer’s photo album and bear all the artist’s marks from their original glass 13x18cm negatives. But, like the autograph cards of days of old, they have a postcard backing, and can easily be detached from the book to be displayed or sent.
Included in the book are evocative images showing Paris-Roubaix riders on the start line as they contemplate the ordeal ahead, or on the finish line in the flush of victory. There are also elegant, striking studio portraits, all showing off the style of these early ‘convicts of the road’.
Each image is captioned: there are both champions and nobodies in these portraits, but each man has his story.