1967 Tour de France

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1967 Tour de France
Route of the 1967 Tour de France
Route of the 1967 Tour de France
Race details
Dates 29 June – 23 July
Stages 22 + Prologue, including two split stages
Distance 4,779 km (2,970 mi)
Winning time 136h 53' 50"
Results
Winner  Roger Pingeon (FRA) (France)
  Second  Julio Jiménez (ESP) (Spain)
  Third  Franco Balmamion (ITA) (Primavera)

Points  Jan Janssen (NED) (Netherlands)
  Mountains  Julio Jiménez (ESP) (Spain)
  Sprints  Georges Vandenberghe (BEL) (Belgium)
  Combativity  Désiré Letort (FRA) (France)
  Team France 1
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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 Tour was marred by the fatal collapse of Tom Simpson on the slopes of Mont Ventoux.[1]

Teams[edit]

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.[2][1] The Tour started with 130 cyclists, divided into 13 teams of 10 cyclists.[1]

The teams entering the race were:

National teams

  • France
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland/Luxembourg (combined)

Secondary national teams

  • Red Devils (Belgium)
  • Esperanza (Spain)
  • Primavera (Italy)
  • Bleuets de France
  • Coqs de France

Route and stages[edit]

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.[1] There were had two rest days, in Belfort and Sète.[3] Whereas in previous years the trend had been that the Tour became shorter, in 1967 it was longer, with 4779 km.[2]

Stage characteristics and winners[1][3][4]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
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)[5]

Race overview[edit]

The prologue was won by Spanish José María Errandonea, with Raymond Poulidor in second place, six seconds behind.[2] In the next few stages, the lead in the general classification changed hands several times, but the margins between the top favourites were small.[2]

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.[2]

Pingeon's lead was not challenged in the sixth stage, but he lost it in the seventh stage to his team mate 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.[2]

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.[2]

Jan Janssen, winner of the thirteenth stage and the points classification of the 1967 Tour de France.

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.[2]

The riders in the peloton decided to ride the fourteenth stage in dedication of Tom Simpson, and let his team mate Barry Hoban win the stage.[2]

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.[2]

Doping[edit]

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.[6] The Tour de France gave no positive tests, but several riders from the Tour de l'Avenir were disqualified.[7]

Classification leadership[edit]

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.[8]

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.[8]

There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorized 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-categorized climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, but was not identified with a jersey.[8]

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 lead this classification wore yellow caps.[9]

The combativity award was given to Désiré Letort by a jury.[3][10]

Classification leadership by stage[11]
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification Team classification
1a José María Errandonea José María Errandonea José María Errandonea no award Spain
1b Walter Godefroot Walter Godefroot Jean-Claude Lebaube
2 Willy Van Neste Willy Van Neste Willy Van Neste France Bleuets
3 Marino Basso Giancarlo Polidori Marino Basso Michel Jacquemin France
4 Guido Reybrouck Joseph Spruyt Gerben Karstens
5a Roger Pingeon Roger Pingeon Raymond Riotte
5b Belgium
6 Herman Van Springel Gerben Karstens
7 Michael Wright Raymond Riotte Raymond Riotte
8 Lucien Aimar Roger Pingeon Guerrino Tosello Italy Primavera
9 Guido Reybrouck Guido Reybrouck
10 Felice Gimondi Julio Jiménez France
11 José Samyn
12 Raymond Riotte
13 Jan Janssen
14 Barry Hoban
15 Rolf Wolfshohl
16 Fernando Manzaneque Jan Janssen
17 Raymond Mastrotto
18 Marino Basso
19 Jean Stablinski
20 Felice Gimondi
21 Paul Lemeteyer
22a René Binggeli
22b Raymond Poulidor
Final Roger Pingeon Jan Janssen Julio Jiménez France

Final standings[edit]

General classification[edit]

Final general classification (1–10)[1]
Rank Rider Team Time
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"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)[12]
Rank Rider Team Points
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

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)[12]
Rank Rider Team Points
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

Team classification[edit]

Final team classification[12]
Rank Team Time
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"

Intermediate sprints classification[edit]

Final intermediate sprints classification (1–5)[12]
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Georges Vandenberghe (BEL) Belgium 20
2  Christian Raymond (FRA) Bleuets 16
3  Roger Milliot (FRA) Bleuets 13
3  Michel Grain (FRA) Coqs de France 13
5  Barry Hoban (GBR) Great-Brittain 7

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j McGann, Bill (2008). The Story of the Tour de France: 1965-2007, Volume 2. Dog Ear Publishing. pp. 24–32. ISBN 1598586084. 
  3. ^ a b c Augendre 2016, p. 58.
  4. ^ Zwegers, Arian. "Tour de France GC Top Ten". CVCC. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Augendre 2016, p. 109.
  6. ^ "Kontrole op doping in Tour versterkt" [Checks for doping in Tour enhanced]. Friese koerier (in Dutch). 17 July 1967. p. 5. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Doping in Kleine Tour: vier amateurrenners gediskwalificeerd" [Doping in small Tour: four amateur cyclists disqualified]. Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). 24 July 1967. p. 13. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Christian, Sarah (2 July 2009). "Tour de France demystified - Evaluating success". RoadCycling.co.nz Ltd. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Chauner, David; Halstead, Michael (1990). The Tour de France Complete Book of Cycling. Villard. ISBN 0679729364. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Strijdlust" [Combativity]. Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). 24 July 1967. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "Data". Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). 24 July 1967. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Clasificaciones" (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 July 1967. p. 9. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

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