65 66

60 x 20 cm. Acrylic, mixed media and resin on canvas.
Fausto Copp

65 66 - a tale of two contrasting seasons.

And within them, the Tour de France writes another dramatic chapter in its compelling chronology. 1965 sees newly-turned pro racer Felice Gimondi, a substitute rider for Salvarani, triumph on his Tour debut.

One year on, and the 1966 Tour was to be Jacques Anquetil's last. Unable to challenge for the maillot jaune, and in an ironic act of role reversal, he guides former domestique Lucien Aimar to victory, ensuring bitter rival Raymond Poulidor would have to settle for third.

As vivid as a stained glass window, 65 66 provides a multi-layer snapshot of the travelling theatre that is the Tour de France.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2024.