1967 Tour de France
|Dates||29 June – 23 July|
|Stages||22 + Prologue, including two split stages|
|Distance||4,779 km (2,970 mi)|
|Winning time||136h 53' 50"|
The 1967 Tour de France was the 54th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It took place between 29 June and 23 July, with 22 stages covering a distance of 4,779 km (2,970 mi). Thirteen national teams of ten riders competed, with three French teams, two Belgian, two Italian, two Spanish, one each from Germany, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and a Swiss/Luxembourgian team.
The previous years, the Tour had been contested by trade teams. Tour director Félix Lévitan held the team sponsors responsible for the riders' strike in the 1966 Tour de France, and therefore the formula was changed, and the national teams returned. The Tour started with 130 cyclists, divided into 13 teams of 10 cyclists.
The teams entering the race were:
- Great Britain
Secondary national teams
- Red Devils (Belgium)
- Esperanza (Spain)
- Primavera (Italy)
- Bleuets de France
- Coqs de France
Route and stages
The 1967 Tour de France started on 29 June, and was the first to have a prologue, a short individual time trial prior to stage racing, held in the evening, adding to the occasion. There were had two rest days, in Belfort and Sète. Whereas in previous years the trend had been that the Tour became shorter, in 1967 it was longer, with 4779 km. The highest point of elevation in the race was 2,556 m (8,386 ft) at the summit tunnel of the Col du Galibier mountain pass on stage 10.
|1a||29 June||Angers||5.775 km (3.588 mi)||Individual time trial||José-Maria Errandonea (ESP)|
|1b||30 June||Angers to Saint-Malo||185.5 km (115.3 mi)||Plain stage||Walter Godefroot (BEL)|
|2||1 July||Saint-Malo to Caen||180 km (110 mi)||Plain stage||Willy Van Neste (BEL)|
|3||2 July||Caen to Amiens||248 km (154 mi)||Plain stage||Marino Basso (ITA)|
|4||3 July||Amiens to Roubaix||191 km (119 mi)||Plain stage||Guido Reybrouck (BEL)|
|5a||4 July||Roubaix to Jambes (Belgium)||172 km (107 mi)||Plain stage||Roger Pingeon (FRA)|
|5b||Jambes (Belgium)||17 km (11 mi)||Team time trial||Belgium|
|6||5 July||Jambes to Metz||238 km (148 mi)||Plain stage||Herman Van Springel (BEL)|
|7||6 July||Metz to Strasbourg||205.5 km (127.7 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Michael Wright (GBR)|
|8||7 July||Strasbourg to Belfort/Ballon d’Alsace||215 km (134 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Lucien Aimar (FRA)|
|8 July||Belfort||Rest day|
|9||9 July||Belfort to Divonne-les-Bains||238.5 km (148.2 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Guido Reybrouck (BEL)|
|10||10 July||Divonne-les-Bains to Briançon||243 km (151 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|11||11 July||Briançon to Digne||197 km (122 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Samyn (FRA)|
|12||12 July||Digne to Marseille||207.5 km (128.9 mi)||Plain stage||Raymond Riotte (FRA)|
|13||13 July||Marseille to Carpentras||211.5 km (131.4 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Jan Janssen (NED)|
|14||14 July||Carpentras to Sète||201.5 km (125.2 mi)||Plain stage||Barry Hoban (GBR)|
|15 July||Sète||Rest day|
|15||16 July||Sète to Toulouse||230.5 km (143.2 mi)||Plain stage||Rolf Wolfshohl (FRG)|
|16||17 July||Toulouse to Luchon||188 km (117 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Fernando Manzaneque (ESP)|
|17||18 July||Luchon to Pau||250 km (160 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Raymond Mastrotto (FRA)|
|18||19 July||Pau to Bordeaux||206.5 km (128.3 mi)||Plain stage||Marino Basso (ITA)|
|19||20 July||Bordeaux to Limoges||217 km (135 mi)||Plain stage||Jean Stablinski (FRA)|
|20||21 July||Limoges to Puy de Dôme||222 km (138 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|21||22 July||Clermont-Ferrand to Fontainebleau||359 km (223 mi)||Plain stage||Paul Lemeteyer (FRA)|
|22a||23 July||Fontainebleau to Versailles||104 km (65 mi)||Plain stage||René Binggeli (SUI)|
|22b||Versailles to Paris||46.6 km (29.0 mi)||Individual time trial||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)|
|Total||4,779 km (2,970 mi)|
The prologue was won by Spanish José María Errandonea, with Raymond Poulidor in second place, six seconds behind. In the next few stages, the lead in the general classification changed hands several times, but the margins between the top favourites were small.
In the first part of the fifth stage, in Belgium, a group of fourteen cyclists including some Belgian cyclists escaped early in the stage. On the advice of his teammate Jean Stablinski, Roger Pingeon bridged the gap and joined the escaped group. The group stayed away, and Pingeon escaped 60 km before the finish, riding alone until the end of the stage. Pingeon won the stage, and also became the leader of the general classification.
Pingeon's lead was not challenged in the sixth stage, but he lost it in the seventh stage to his teammate Raymond Riotte, after Riotte was in a group that escaped. In the eighth stage, Riotte lost considerable time, and Pingeon was back in the lead. On that stage, Raymond Riotte lost more than 11 minutes, also because of a fall and mechanical problems, and announced that he would ride the rest of the Tour in support of Pingeon.
Pingeon gained a few seconds in the ninth stage after a split in the peloton. In the tenth stage, Poulidor helped Pingeon over the major climbs, and after that stage Pingeon had a margin of more than four minutes over the next rider, Désiré Letort from the Bleuets team.
There were few changes in the general classification in the next two stages. The thirteenth stage was run in hot weather, and featured high climbs. During the climb of the Ventoux, Tom Simpson died. Unaware of what happened behind them, Jan Janssen won the stage, closely followed by Roger Pingeon, who extended his lead.
In the sixteenth stage in the Pyrenees, Julio Jiménez won back a few minutes, and was now in second place behind Pingeon, 123 seconds behind. In the twentieth stage, with a finish on top of the Puy de Dôme, Jiménez won back some more time, and was now 1 minute and 39 seconds behind Pingeon. This was not enough to put Pingeon's victory in danger; the Tour ended with an individual time trial, and Pingeon rode it much better than Jiménez, and won the Tour de France of 1967.
After the death of Tom Simpson on stage 13, there were accusations of doping use. The organisation decided to increase the doping controls, not only in the Tour but also in the simultaneously run Tour de l'Avenir. The Tour de France gave no positive tests, but several riders from the Tour de l'Avenir were disqualified.
Classification leadership and minor prizes
There were several classifications in the 1967 Tour de France, two of them awarding jerseys to their leaders. The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification is considered the winner of the Tour.
Additionally, there was a points classification. In the points classification, cyclists got points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and was identified with a green jersey.
There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorised some climbs as either first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reached the top of these climbs first, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, but was not identified with a jersey.
For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time. The riders in the team that led this classification wore yellow caps.
In addition, there was a combativity award, in which a jury composed of journalists gave points after each stage to the cyclist they considered most combative. The split stages each had a combined winner. At the conclusion of the Tour, Désiré Letort won the overall super-combativity award, also decided by journalists. by a jury. The Souvenir Henri Desgrange was given to the first rider to pass the memorial to Tour founder Henri Desgrange near the summit of the Col du Galibier on stage 10. This prize was won by Julio Jiménez.
|1||Roger Pingeon (FRA)||France||136h 53' 50"|
|2||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Spain||+ 3' 40"|
|3||Franco Balmamion (ITA)||Primavera||+ 7' 23"|
|4||Désiré Letort (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 8' 18"|
|5||Jan Janssen (NED)||Netherlands||+ 9' 47"|
|6||Lucien Aimar (FRA)||France||+ 9' 47"|
|7||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Italy||+ 10' 14"|
|8||Jozef Huysmans (BEL)||Belgium||+ 16' 45"|
|9||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)||France||+ 18' 18"|
|10||Fernando Manzaneque (ESP)||Esperanza||+ 19' 22"|
|Final general classification (11–88)|
|11||Hans Junkermann (FRG)||Germany||+ 23' 02"|
|12||Willy Monty (BEL)||Belgium||+ 23' 06"|
|13||Frans Brands (BEL)||Belgium||+ 25' 08"|
|14||Cees Haast (NED)||Netherlands||+ 26' 23"|
|15||Franco Bodrero (ITA)||Primavera||+ 26' 30"|
|16||Noël Van Clooster (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 26' 40"|
|17||José Samyn (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 28' 42"|
|18||Gines Garcia (ESP)||Spain||+ 28' 56"|
|19||André Bayssière (FRA)||Coqs||+ 29' 23"|
|20||Johnny Schleck (LUX)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 32' 09"|
|21||Henri Rabaute (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 34' 42"|
|22||Giancarlo Polidori (ITA)||Primavera||+ 36' 04"|
|23||Jean-Claude Lebaube (FRA)||Coqs||+ 37' 23"|
|24||Herman Van Springel (BEL)||Belgium||+ 37' 54"|
|25||Wim Schepers (NED)||Netherlands||+ 38' 15"|
|26||Raymond Delisle (FRA)||Coqs||+ 39' 29"|
|27||Roberto Poggiali (ITA)||Italy||+ 40' 03"|
|28||Victor Van Schil (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 40' 36"|
|29||Jean-Claude Theillière (FRA)||Coqs||+ 40' 38"|
|30||Gerben Karstens (NED)||Netherlands||+ 40' 46"|
|31||Rolf Wolfshohl (FRG)||Germany||+ 41' 44"|
|32||Flaviano Vicentini (ITA)||Italy||+ 45' 02"|
|33||José-Manuel Lopez-Rodriguez (ESP)||Spain||+ 46' 32"|
|34||Ugo Colombo (ITA)||Italy||+ 47' 10"|
|35||Alfred Ruegg (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 49' 23"|
|36||Raymond Mastrotto (FRA)||Coqs||+ 50' 10"|
|37||Georges Chappe (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 50' 24"|
|38||Jean Dumont (FRA)||Coqs||+ 50' 51"|
|39||Michel Grain (FRA)||Coqs||+ 52' 28"|
|40||Maurice Izier (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 52' 59"|
|41||Ventura Díaz (ESP)||Esperanza||+ 53' 20"|
|42||Guido Reybrouck (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 55' 39"|
|43||Paul In' t Ven (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 56'30"|
|44||Pietro Scandelli (ITA)||Primavera||+ 56' 43"|
|45||Georges Vandenberghe (BEL)||Belgium||+ 57' 49"|
|46||André Foucher (FRA)||France||+ 59' 41"|
|47||Jozef Spruyt (BEL)||Belgium||+ 1h 02' 12"|
|48||Angel Ibanez (ESP)||Esperanza||+ 1h 02' 19"|
|49||Luis-Pedro Santamarina (ESP)||Spain||+ 1h 02' 34"|
|50||Jesus Aranzabal (ESP)||Esperanza||+ 1h 02' 41"|
|51||Willy In' t Ven (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 1h 04'40"|
|52||Dieter Wiedemann (FRG)||Germany||+ 1h 06' 21"|
|53||Jean Monteyne (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 1h 06' 49"|
|54||Roger Swerts (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 1h 09' 57"|
|55||René Binggeli (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 1h 10' 22"|
|56||Jorge Marine (ESP)||Esperanza||+ 1h 12' 05"|
|57||Christian Raymond (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 1h 15' 08"|
|58||Ambrogio Portalupi (ITA)||Primavera||+ 1h 15' 33"|
|59||Martin Vandenbossche (BEL)||Belgium||+ 1h 15' 37"|
|60||Walter Godefroot (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 1h 16' 03"|
|61||Claudio Michelotto (ITA)||Primavera||+ 1h 16' 48"|
|62||Barry Hoban (GBR)||Great Britain||+ 1h 17' 29"|
|63||Herbert Wilde (FRG)||Germany||+ 1h 18' 11"|
|64||Marino Basso (ITA)||Primavera||+ 1h 18' 14"|
|65||Luciano Dalla Bona (ITA)||Italy||+ 1h 18' 21"|
|66||Roger Milliot (FRA)||Bleuets||+ 1h 19' 45"|
|67||Jos van der Vleuten (NED)||Netherlands||+ 1h 20' 28"|
|68||Giancarlo Ferretti (ITA)||Italy||+ 1h 21' 40"|
|69||Arthur Metcalfe (GBR)||Great Britain||+ 1h 22' 37"|
|70||Louis Pfenninger (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 1h 25' 03"|
|71||Huub Zilverberg (NED)||Netherlands||+ 1h 29' 26"|
|72||Raymond Riotte (FRA)||France||+ 1h 31' 59"|
|73||Bernard Vifian (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 1h 32' 33"|
|74||José-Manuel Lasa (ESP)||Esperanza||+ 1h 34' 09"|
|75||Hubertus Harings (NED)||Netherlands||+ 1h 36' 06"|
|76||Jo de Roo (NED)||Netherlands||+ 1h 36' 13"|
|77||Michel Jacquemin (BEL)||Red Devils||+ 1h 40' 59"|
|78||Paul Lemeteyer (FRA)||France||+ 1h 41' 44"|
|79||Willy Spuhler (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 1h 43' 11"|
|80||Adriano Durante (ITA)||Italy||+ 1h 46' 38"|
|81||Jean Stablinski (FRA)||France||+ 1h 50' 07"|
|82||Karl Brand (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 1h 55' 06"|
|83||Edouard Delberghe (FRA)||France||+ 1h 59' 36"|
|84||Colin Lewis (GBR)||Great Britain||+ 1h 59' 50"|
|85||Ramon Saez (ESP)||Spain||+ 2h 04' 26"|
|86||Francis Blanc (SUI)||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 2h 05' 39"|
|87||Mario Minieri (ITA)||Italy||+ 2h 07' 55"|
|88||Jean-Pierre Genet (FRA)||France||+ 2h 21' 01"|
|1||Jan Janssen (NED)||Netherlands||154|
|2||Guido Reybrouck (BEL)||Red Devils||119|
|3||Georges Vandenberghe (BEL)||Belgium||111|
|4||Marino Basso (ITA)||Primavera||99|
|5||Gerben Karstens (NED)||Netherlands||98|
|6||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Italy||96|
|7||Michel Grain (FRA)||Coqs||94|
|8||Roger Pingeon (FRA)||France||89|
|9||Raymond Riotte (FRA)||France||88|
|10||Paul Lemeteyer (FRA)||France||82|
|1||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Spain||122|
|2||Franco Balmamion (ITA)||Primavera||68|
|3||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)||France||53|
|4||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Italy||45|
|5||Roger Pingeon (FRA)||France||44|
|6||Jan Janssen (NED)||Netherlands||33|
|7||Désiré Letort (FRA)||Bleuets||32|
|7||Fernando Manzaneque (ESP)||Esperanza||32|
|9||Lucien Aimar (FRA)||France||31|
|10||Ventura Díaz (ESP)||Esperanza||26|
Intermediate sprints classification
|1||Georges Vandenberghe (BEL)||Belgium||20|
|2||Christian Raymond (FRA)||Bleuets||16|
|3||Roger Milliot (FRA)||Bleuets||13|
|3||Michel Grain (FRA)||Coqs||13|
|5||Barry Hoban (GBR)||Great Britain||7|
|1||France||412h 16' 54"|
|2||Netherlands||+ 38' 05"|
|3||Primavera||+ 43' 49"|
|4||Belgium||+ 54' 15"|
|5||Bleuets||+ 55' 26"|
|6||Spain||+ 59' 31"|
|7||Coqs||+ 1h 14' 52"|
|8||Red Devils||+ 1h 31' 55"|
|9||Esparanza||+ 1h 34' 25"|
|10||Italy||+ 1h 34' 30"|
|11||Germany||+ 1h 35' 45"|
|12||Switzerland/Luxembourg||+ 2h 01' 11"|
|13||Great Britain||+ 3h 51' 16"|
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