We partnered with @super8ink to produce this print honour of the champion of champions. In winning the Giro di Lombardia five times he made it his own, but even as a light climber, to win over the pave of Paris–Roubaix, he proved how deserving of champion status he was.
This scene is captured from the 17th stage of the 1949 Tour de France. The two finest riders of their time battled to exhaustion from Briançon to Aosta. Bartali had the better of Fausto in 1948, but the next year, Il Campionissimo was unstoppable.
The image was hand set, printed and dried over 3 days. The third and fourth screen prints, ( a light and a dark red) were added to portray the feeling that Gino knew he was beaten. His image is blurred with the reds of blood and defeat. He had been gifted the previous day’s 275km stage on his birthday, but his legs could not match Fausto’s relentless rhythm on the slopes. Only an hour into the stage, Bartali punctured. Coppi waited for Bartali, but when Bartali later fell and twisted his ankle, team leader Binda allowed Coppi to take off alone. Coppi did win the stage, and decided the race.
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Shipped (free as always) in a protected cardboard tube. unframed