Indurain's 1995 Tour bicycle to make $30,000 at auction?

A bicycle ridden by champion Spanish cyclist Miguel Indurain during his 1995 Tour de France victory will highlight Vectis' auction on October 10 with a valuation of £20,000-30,000 ($32,150-48,227).

The bike is constructed of light tubular steel and features the team colours of Banesto. Its consignors won it in a raffle in Spain shortly after the cyclist's victory.

Indurain bike Vectis
The bike was ridden by Indurain during his 1995 Tour de France victory

Indurain famously won five consecutive tours from 1991 to 1995 - only the fourth rider to do so since the race's inception in 1903.

A spokesperson from Vectis commented: "Although different to our usual auction pieces we hope to see a great deal of interest in this item, especially since Yorkshire has been chosen to stage the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France and with the Tour then heading to Cambridge and London, England will no doubt be enraptured in Tour de France fever."

Bikes associated with legendary performances in the race can achieve impressive sums at auction. Last year, a bike used by Marco Pantani in his 1998 victory to Les Deux Alpes sold for $17,562 at an Italian auction house. 

In 2009, a bicycle used by disgraced champion Lance Armstrong in that year's Tour made $500,000 when it was sold at a charity auction for Livestrong.

Earlier this month a charity auction saw the sale of a number of items of cycling memorabilia, including signed prints of Mark Cavendish and David Millar, which sold for £1,120 ($1,781) on eBay.

We have this signed photograph of Lance Armstrong available.

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