1958 Tour de France
|Dates||26 June–19 July 1958|
|Distance||4,319 km (2,684 mi)|
|Winning time||116h 59' 05" (36.919 km/h or 22.940 mph)|
|Winner||Charly Gaul (Luxembourg)||(Netherlands/Luxembourg)|
|Second||Vito Favero (Italy)||(Italy)|
|Third||Raphaël Géminiani (France)||(Centre-Midi)|
|Points||Jean Graczyk (France)||(Centre-Midi)|
|Mountains||Federico Bahamontes (Spain)||(Spain)|
The yellow jersey for the leader in the general classification changed owner a record 11 times, and only at the penultimate stage in the time trial the decision was made, when Gaul created a margin of more than three minutes. In the final sprint, sprinter André Darrigade, who had already won five stages, collided with a stage official, who eleven days later died because of his injuries.
In 1958, 120 cyclists entered, divided into 10 teams of 12 cyclists each. France, Italy, Belgium and Spain each sent a national team. The Netherlands and Luxembourg had a combined team, as had Switzerland and Germany. There was also one "international" team, consisting of cyclists from Austria, Portugal, Great Britain and Denmark. There were also three regional French teams: Centre-Midi, West/South West and Paris/North East. The French team had had some problems with the selection, as Jacques Anquetil, the winner of the 1957 Tour de France, did not want to share leadership with Louison Bobet, winner in 1953, 1954 and 1955. Anquetil had been so superior in 1957, that he did not want Bobet and Géminiani both in his team. The French team selector then chose to include Bobet in the national team. Raphael Géminiani, who had been in the French national team since 1949, was demoted into the regional Centre-Midi team. Géminiani was not pleased, and sent the French team director Marcel Bidot a jack-ass named "Marcel" to express his displeasure.
Charly Gaul, part of the Dutch/Luxembourgian team, anticipated so little help from his team mates that he announced that he would not share prizes. His team mates then refused to support him, so Gaul was on his own.
Changes from the 1957 Tour
For the first time, the first mountain climbs were broadcast live on television.
Whereas there had been two rest days in recent years, the 1958 Tour had no rest days at all.
The first stage left in Brussels, to celebrate Brussel's World Fair. In the first stages, Luxembourgian climber Charly Gaul struggled, and lost considerable time in flat stages. During a break in the sixth stage, Anquetil and Bobet were left behind. Géminiani was in the leading group, and gained more than ten minutes on his rivals. After the sixth stage, Gerrit Voorting was in first place, followed by François Mahé from the French national team, and Géminiani. In the seventh stage, Arrigo Padovan won the sprint from Brian Robinson. The jury however relegated Padovan to second place for irregular sprinting, and Robinson became the first British winner of a stage.
The ninth stage again saw a large breakaway, this time including Darrigade. Darrigade won the sprint, and because the next group was more than 10 minutes behind, he became the new leader. Géminiani and the French national team were still on bad terms. When Gastone Nencini, a threat to both, had escaped and the national team members asked Géminiani to help them to get Nencini back, Géminiani refused.
The Pyréneés were visited in stage 13. Darrigade was not able to keep up with the leaders, and lost the lead. Bahamontes had tried to escape but failed, and later Gaul tried to escape, but he also failed. The favourites finished together, and Géminiani became the new leader; Vito Favero was only three seconds behind him. In the fourteenth stage, also in the Pyrénées, Bahamontes escaped again, and this time he managed to stay away and win. Géminiani finished in the next group, but because Favero won the sprint for the second place, he received 30 seconds bonification time, and became the new leader. In the fifteenth stage, Favero again finished second, and extended his lead again by 30 seconds.
In the eighteenth stage, a mountain time trial, Gaul won back time, and jumped from sixth place to third place in the general classification. Géminiani jumped back to the first place in that stage.
In the nineteenth stage, over the Alps, Gaul had mechanical problems, and lost ten minutes. Second-placed rider Favero was now at a margin of more than three minutes. In the twentieth stage, again in the Alps, Bahamontes finished first. Gaul lost a few seconds to Géminiani in the that stage, so after the twentieth stage, Gaul was more than sixteen minutes behind Géminiani. With only a few stages left, Géminiani appeared to be able to win the race.
In stage 21, the weather conditions were bad. Before the stage started, Gaul told Bobet that he would attack on the first climb of the day, which he did. Bahamontes followed him, but let himself drop back because the weather was too bad and the finish was still far away. Gaul continued on his own, and his margin with the next cyclist kept growing. Géminiani now asked the French national team to help him, but they could not help and did not want to help. Géminiani forgot to take food in the food zone, and was hungry in the last part of the stage. In the end, Gaul won the stage almost 8 minutes ahead of the next rider. Favero came in third, more than ten minutes later, and Géminiani seventh more than 14 minutes behind. Favero was again first in the general classification, with Géminiani only 39 seconds behind in second place and Gaul 67 seconds behind in third place. After that stage, Géminiani accused the French team of treason, because he said it was due to their attacks that he lost the lead. Because of the extraordinary circumstances, the time limits were not enforced that stage.Second-placed rider Favero was now at a margin of more than three minutes.
Stage 22 was flat, and the favourites stayed together. This meant that the time trial in stage 23 would be decisive. In that time trial, Gaul was the first of these three to start. Gaul set the winning time, and Géminiani and Favero lost more than three minutes, so Gaul took the lead in the general classification. Anquetil, who felt sick and was behind in the general classification, did not start that stage.
The last stage traditionally saw no problems for the leader, and Gaul became the first Luxembourgian cyclist since 1928 to win the Tour.
In the final sprint in the last stage in the Parc des Princes, André Darrigade was in first position when he collided with Constant Wouters, the 70-year-old sécrétaire-général of the stadium, who was attempting to prevent photographers encroaching on the track. Darrigade needed five stitches, but Wouters injuries were more serious, and he died eleven days later.
The 1958 Tour de France started on 26 June, and had no rest days.
|1||26 June||Brussels - Ghent||Plain stage||184 km (114 mi)||André Darrigade (FRA)|
|2||27 June||Ghent - Dunkirk||Plain stage||198 km (123 mi)||Gerrit Voorting (NED)|
|3||28 June||Dunkirk - Mers-les-Bains||Plain stage||177 km (110 mi)||Gilbert Bauvin (FRA)|
|4||29 June||Le Tréport - Versailles||Plain stage||205 km (127 mi)||Jean Gainche (FRA)|
|5||30 June||Versailles - Caen||Plain stage||232 km (144 mi)||Tino Sabbadini (FRA)|
|6||1 July||Caen - Saint-Brieuc||Plain stage||223 km (139 mi)||Martin van Geneugden (BEL)|
|7||2 July||Saint-Brieuc - Brest||Plain stage||170 km (110 mi)||Brian Robinson (GBR)|
|8||3 July||Chateaulin - Chateaulin||Individual time trial||46 km (29 mi)||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|9||4 July||Quimper - Saint-Nazaire||Plain stage||206 km (128 mi)||André Darrigade (FRA)|
|10||5 July||Saint-Nazaire - Royan||Plain stage||255 km (158 mi)||Pierino Baffi (ITA)|
|11||6 July||Royan - Bordeaux||Plain stage||137 km (85 mi)||Arrigo Padovan (ITA)|
|12||7 July||Bordeaux - Dax||Plain stage||161 km (100 mi)||Martin van Geneugden (BEL)|
|13||8 July||Dax - Pau||Stage with mountain(s)||230 km (140 mi)||Louis Bergaud (FRA)|
|14||9 July||Pau - Luchon||Stage with mountain(s)||129 km (80 mi)||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)|
|15||10 July||Luchon - Toulouse||Stage with mountain(s)||176 km (109 mi)||André Darrigade (FRA)|
|16||11 July||Toulouse - Béziers||Plain stage||187 km (116 mi)||Pierino Baffi (ITA)|
|17||12 July||Béziers - Nîmes||Plain stage||189 km (117 mi)||André Darrigade (FRA)|
|18||13 July||Mont-Ventoux - Mont-Ventoux||Mountain time trial||21 km (13 mi)||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|19||14 July||Carpentras - Gap||Stage with mountain(s)||178 km (111 mi)||Gastone Nencini (ITA)|
|20||15 July||Gap - Briançon||Stage with mountain(s)||165 km (103 mi)||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)|
|21||16 July||Briançon - Aix-les-Bains||Stage with mountain(s)||219 km (136 mi)||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|22||17 July||Aix-les-Bains - Besançon||Stage with mountain(s)||237 km (147 mi)||André Darrigade (FRA)|
|23||18 July||Besançon - Dijon||Individual time trial||74 km (46 mi)||Charly Gaul (LUX)|
|24||19 July||Dijon - Paris||Plain stage||320 km (200 mi)||Pierino Baffi (ITA)|
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1||André Darrigade (FRA)||André Darrigade (FRA)||no award||Belgium|
|2||Jos Hoevenaers (BEL)||Jos Hoevenaers (BEL)|
|3||Wim van Est (NED)||Jean Graczyk (FRA)||Netherlands/Luxembourg|
|5||Gilbert Bauvin (FRA)||France|
|6||Gerrit Voorting (NED)|
|9||André Darrigade (FRA)|
|13||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)|
|14||Vito Favero (ITA)|
|18||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||Belgium|
|21||Vito Favero (ITA)||France|
|23||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Belgium|
|Final||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Jean Graczyk (FRA)||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)||Belgium|
The time that each cyclist required to finish each stage was recorded, and these times were added together for the general classification. If a cyclist had received a time bonus, it was subtracted from this total; all time penalties were added to this total. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey. Of the 120 cyclists that started the 1958 Tour de France, 78 finished the race. Gaul had an average speed of 36.919 km/h, which was a new record.
|1||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||116h 59' 05"|
|2||Vito Favero (ITA)||Italy||+3' 10"|
|3||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+3' 41"|
|4||Jan Adriaensens (BEL)||Belgium||+7' 16"|
|5||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Italy||+13' 33"|
|6||Jozef Planckaert (BEL)||Belgium||+28' 01"|
|7||Louison Bobet (FRA)||France||+31' 39"|
|8||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)||Spain||+40' 44"|
|9||Louis Bergaud (FRA)||France||+48' 33"|
|10||Jos Hoevenaers (BEL)||Belgium||+58' 26"|
|Final general classification (11–78)|
|11||Piet Damen (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+1h 00' 40"|
|12||Lothar Friedrich (GER)||Switzerland/Germany||+1h 02' 13"|
|13||Edouard Delberghe (FRA)||Paris/North East||+1h 02' 18"|
|14||Jean Graczyk (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+1h 04' 39"|
|15||Gilbert Bauvin (FRA)||France||+1h 12' 51"|
|16||Marcel Ernzer (LUX)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+1h 16' 29"|
|17||Henry Anglade (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+1h 24' 57"|
|18||Joseph Thomin (FRA)||West/South West||+1h 25' 44"|
|19||Nino Catalano (ITA)||Italy||+1h 26' 05"|
|20||Fernando Manzaneque (ESP)||Spain||+1h 29' 30"|
|21||André Darrigade (FRA)||France||+1h 34' 22"|
|22||Piet Van Est (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+1h 35' 37"|
|23||Jean-Claude Annaert (FRA)||Paris/North East||+1h 37' 05"|
|24||Gianni Ferlenghi (ITA)||Italy||+1h 37' 58"|
|25||Joseph Groussard (FRA)||France||+1h 40' 46"|
|26||Marcel Rohrbach (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+1h 41' 17"|
|27||Martin Van Geneugden (BEL)||Belgium||+1h 43' 02"|
|28||Adolf Christian (AUT)||Internationals||+1h 46' 19"|
|29||Jean Gainche (FRA)||West/South West||+1h 47' 16"|
|30||Anton Graeser (SUI)||Switzerland/Germany||+1h 52' 40"|
|31||Manuel Busto (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+1h 53' 56"|
|32||Aldo Bolzan (ITA)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+1h 58' 52"|
|33||Armand Desmet (BEL)||Belgium||+2h 02' 44"|
|34||Pietro Nascimbene (ITA)||Italy||+2h 03' 05"|
|35||Joseph Morvan (FRA)||West/South West||+2h 05' 37"|
|36||Franz Reitz (GER)||Switzerland/Germany||+2h 08' 59"|
|37||Jempy Schmitz (LUX)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+2h 09' 02"|
|38||Emilio Bottecchia (ITA)||Italy||+2h 09' 26"|
|39||Pierre Polo (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+2h 14' 08"|
|40||Fernand Lamy (FRA)||Paris/North East||+2h 14' 20"|
|41||Piet De Jongh (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+2h 18' 31"|
|42||Ernst Traxel (SUI)||Switzerland/Germany||+2h 18' 57"|
|43||Rizzardo Brenioli (ITA)||Italy||+2h 20' 05"|
|44||Jaap Kersten (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+2h 21' 06"|
|45||Arrigo Padovan (ITA)||Italy||+2h 21' 20"|
|46||Wim Van Est (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+2h 22' 16"|
|47||Gerrit Voorting (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||+2h 22' 28"|
|48||Seamus Elliott (IRL)||Internationals||+2h 23' 16"|
|49||Fernand Picot (FRA)||West/South West||+2h 27' 21"|
|50||Gilberto Dall' Agata (ITA)||Italy||+2h 29' 58"|
|51||Serge David (FRA)||Paris/North East||+2h 31' 55"|
|52||Hendrik Luyten (BEL)||Belgium||+2h 35' 18"|
|53||Tino Sabbadini (FRA)||West/South West||+2h 39' 33"|
|54||Camille Le Menn (FRA)||West/South West||+2h 41' 17"|
|55||Bernardo Ruiz (ESP)||Spain||+2h 42' 17"|
|56||Luis Otano (ESP)||Spain||+2h 42' 59"|
|57||Raymond Hoorelbeke (FRA)||Paris/North East||+2h 43' 14"|
|58||Horst Tuller (GER)||Switzerland/Germany||+2h 43' 23"|
|59||Jesus Galdeano (ESP)||Spain||+2h 43' 42"|
|60||René Privat (FRA)||France||+2h 44' 04"|
|61||Francis Pipelin (FRA)||France||+2h 46' 57"|
|62||Hans Andresen (DEN)||Internationals||+2h 47' 36"|
|63||Pierino Baffi (ITA)||Italy||+2h 49' 36"|
|64||Antonio Suarez (ESP)||Spain||+2h 52' 42"|
|65||Giuseppe Pintarelli (ITA)||Italy||+2h 54' 35"|
|66||Antonin Rolland (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+2h 56' 47"|
|67||Jean-Claude Gret (SUI)||Switzerland/Germany||+3h 02' 13"|
|68||Jean Stablinski (FRA)||France||+3h 02' 32"|
|68||Stan Brittain (GBR)||Internationals||+3h 02' 32"|
|70||Roger Chaussabel (FRA)||Centre-Midi||+3h 03' 05"|
|71||Francisco Moreno (ESP)||Spain||+3h 13' 22"|
|72||Miguel Bover (ESP)||Spain||+3h 20' 30"|
|73||Stanislas Bober (FRA)||Paris/North East||+3h 21' 38"|
|74||Ernest Ecuyer (SUI)||Switzerland/Germany||+3h 26' 14"|
|75||Roger Walkowiak (FRA)||France||+3h 43' 45"|
|76||Antonio Barbosa (POR)||Internationals||+3h 44' 23"|
|77||Mario Bertolo (ITA)||Centre-Midi||+3h 48' 14"|
|78||Walter Favre (SUI)||Switzerland/Germany||+3h 49' 28"|
The points classification was calculated by adding the stage ranks of each cyclist.
|1||Jean Graczyk (FRA)||Centre-Midi||247|
|2||Jef Planckaert (BEL)||Belgium||406|
|3||André Darrigade (FRA)||France||553|
|4||Jean Gainche (FRA)||West/South West||584|
|5||Edouard Delberghe (FRA)||Paris/North East||623|
|6||Gilbert Bauvin (FRA)||France||660|
|7||Jos Hoevenaers (BEL)||Belgium||663|
|8||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Italy||682|
|9||Piet van Est (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||718|
|10||Wim van Est (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||728|
The mountains classification was calculated by adding the points given to cyclists for reaching the highest point in a climb first.
|1||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)||Spain||78|
|2||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||64|
|3||Jean Dotto (FRA)||Centre-Midi||34|
|4||Gianni Ferlenghi (ITA)||Italy||33|
|5||Jean Adriaenssens (BEL)||Belgium||28|
|6||Nino Catalano (ITA)||Italy||19|
|6||Piet van Est (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||19|
|8||Jacques Anquetil (FRA)||France||18|
|8||Raphaël Géminiani (FRA)||Centre-Midi||18|
|8||Gastone Nencini (ITA)||Italy||18|
|8||Piet Damen (NED)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||18|
The team classification was calculated as the sum of the daily team classifications, and the daily team classification was calculated by adding the times in the stage result of the best three cyclists per team. It was won by the Belgian team, with a large margin over the Italian team.
|1||Belgium||352h 30' 58"|
|6||Spain||+3h 18' 48"|
|7||Paris/North East||+3h 20' 00"|
|8||Switzerland/Germany||+3h 30' 09"|
|9||West/South West||+3h 45' 14"|
|10||Internationals||+5h 23' 28"|
|1||Federico Bahamontes (ESP)||Spain||246|
|2||André Darrigade (FRA)||France||243|
|3||Charly Gaul (LUX)||Netherlands/Luxembourg||224|
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