Il Campionissimo en route to taking the overall lead from Hugo Koblet in the 1953 Giro d'Italia. Coppi's 1953 Giro triumph would be his fifth and final in the Corse Rosa. This picture was taken in the Museo Storico della Bicicletta in Cesiomaggiore, Italy. The Giro will pass in front of the museum on Stage 18 in 2012.
29 Wonderful Bike Ads From the Golden Age Of Cycling
For a few brief decades of human history, just before combustion engines and motorcycles and cars burst onto the scene, the bicycle was the most advanced personal land vehicle around. They were wonders of technology and personal style—as these beautiful ads show.