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Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Bob Schwartz, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. Bob Schwartz

    Bob Schwartz Guest

    July 18th in the Tour

    - In 1938 Gino Bartali won the Tour. He only won two stages
    though, and one of them was on this date in Marseille.

    - But ten years later in the 1948 Tour he was much more
    impressive. Facing three stages in the Alps he won them all,
    the final one in Lausanne on the 18th. At 34 he remains the
    oldest post-war winner of the Tour.

    - Louison Bobet was the first rider to win three Tours in a
    row, and he helped seal the third in 1955 with a victory in
    Avignon.

    - He was smooth when riding against the clock, and Jacques
    Anquetil confirmed his first win of five by taking the only
    individual time trial of the 1957 Tour.

    - Merckx! In 1971 he won the final stage in Paris while in
    yellow, a 54km TT. Pretty cool! And in 1974 he won in
    Bordeaux.

    - Zoetemelk wrapped up his lone Tour victory with a TT win
    in Saint-Etienne in 1980.

    - The first rider to take advantage of the fall of the iron
    curtain to win a stage was Dmitri Konychev, who won in Pau
    in 1990.

    - Chiappucci left early in 1992 on a grand escape. He led solo
    over four major climbs before winning in Sestriere.

    - Eros Poli spent his career leading other people out. But
    in 1994 his captain Cipollini crashed hard in the Vuelta,
    leaving Eros to ride his own race in the Tour. He took two
    cracks at long breakaways, the second on a day that took the
    high BMI rider over Mont Ventoux. He had 20 minutes at the
    bottom and 5 at the top, which he held to the stage win in
    Carpentras.

    - In 1997 Jan Ullrich crushed the field in the TT at Saint-
    Etienne. He would become one of the youngest Tour winners
    that year. He won two other TTs on this date, the 1998 stage
    in Correze where he took the yellow jersey he would later
    lose to Pantani on that awful day to Les Deux Alpes, and the
    2003 test in the extreme heat of Cap Decouverte.

    Bob Schwartz
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  2. benjo maso

    benjo maso Guest

    "Bob Schwartz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > July 18th in the Tour
    >
    > - In 1938 Gino Bartali won the Tour. He only won two stages
    > though, and one of them was on this date in Marseille.
    >
    > - But ten years later in the 1948 Tour he was much more
    > impressive. Facing three stages in the Alps he won them all,
    > the final one in Lausanne on the 18th. At 34 he remains the
    > oldest post-war winner of the Tour.



    July 18th was Bartali's birthday. To celebrate it he won the11th stage
    Montpellier-Marseille in the Tour of 1938, Aix-Lausanne in 1948,
    Cannes-Briançon in 1949 and also the 7th stage Lugano-Arosa in the Tour de
    Suisse of 1946.

    Benjo
     
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