An early 1990’s Jan Janssen Tour de France which is in excellent overall original condition with only a few marks on the paintwork. The 55cm frame is Columbus Aelle tubing and the component parts consist mainly of the Shimano RX100 groupset as below:
- Shimano RX100 crankset
- Shimano RX100 front and rear derailleurs
- Shimano RX100 shifters
- Shimano RX100 brakes
- Shimano RX100 brake levers
- ITM stem
- ITM bars
- ITM seat post
- San Marco Rolls saddle
- Shimano hubs
- Mavic MA2 rims
The bike has a new set of inner tubes and Vittoria tyres
About Jan Janssen
Born on the 19 May 1940 Johannes Adrianus “Jan” Janssen is a Dutch former professional cyclist. He was world champion and winner of the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España.
He rode the Tour de France eight times and finished all but the first time. He won seven stages and wore the yellow jersey for two days (after stage 16 in 1966 and after stage 22B in 1968). He was easily spotted in the peloton because of his blond hair and his glasses.
He retired from racing after being left behind in the Tour of Luxembourg and being ashamed to hear his name listed on the race radio service among other also-rans. In his own words “I knew then that I was Jan Janssen, winner of the Tour de France and the championship of the world and that it was time for me to stop”.
He left the peloton to run a bicycle frame-building business and the company still bears his name to this day.