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Vintage Cycling: Stories from the 1985 Tour de France

The prestigious, intense and chaotic cycling event as seen through John Vink's lens, in 1985

John Vink

John Vink Departure of the time trial on the first day of the Tour de France. June 28, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Manuel Parra. Vassiviere lake, France. July 20, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Spectators on a last climb, just before the arrival. Pontarlier, France. July 8, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Lac de Vassivière, France. July 20, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Spectators between Tourcoing and Reims, France. July 4, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Lucho Herrera. Epinal, France. July 7, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Bicyclists wait for the departure of the race. Sean Kelly (left). Toulouse, France. July 16, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Contestants in their hotel room. Saint Nizier, France. July 12, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Follower preparing for his day's work. Plumelec, France. June 28, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Small injury caused by a fall while riding in the pack. La Gacilly, France. June 30, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Spectators' bike-shoes drying out. Col d'Aubisque, France. July 17, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Bernard Hinault. Plumelec, France. June 28, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
John Vink Crowd during a mountain leg. Col d'Aubisque, France. July 17, 1985. © John Vink | Magnum Photos

The Tour de France is a mythical bicycle race, made of blood, sweat and tarmac. Each year it attracts millions of spectators, spread along the roads of France to see their heroes pass in a whizzing flash.