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Who won the Tour de France the year you were born?

Old 12-27-16, 02:03 PM
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Who won the Tour de France the year you were born?

Louison Bobet, the cry baby! That was 1954.


I am sidelined recovering from a surgery and thought I would look it up. It is interesting. Louison is a Frenchman who served in WW II. He became a professional cyclist in 1947. He had to withdraw from a race with an injury an cried because the team sent him home. The press nicknamed him La Bobetette, and the cry baby. That fired him up.


He became the first person to win the Tour 3 consecutive years.


I am going to try and find a bike like he rode and rebuild it, just because, its a bike!


Who won your birth year?


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Old 12-27-16, 02:10 PM
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Old 12-27-16, 02:12 PM
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France (and most of Europe) was in the middle of WWII when I was born (1944) so no TdF.
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Unknown Roger Walkowiak. 1956. 36km/h average speed. Won without taking a single stage.
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Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler won in 1950 but, strangely enough, I didn't remember that and had to look it up on the interwebs.
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Some French guy on a bicycle. And drugs. And not ashamed of it.
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What a hairdo on this guy. Also won the Mountains Jersey the same year, also won the Giro and Vuelta in other years.
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
Louison Bobet, the cry baby! That was 1954.


I am sidelined recovering from a surgery and thought I would look it up. It is interesting. Louison is a Frenchman who served in WW II. He became a professional cyclist in 1947. He had to withdraw from a race with an injury an cried because the team sent him home. The press nicknamed him La Bobetette, and the cry baby. That fired him up.


He became the first person to win the Tour 3 consecutive years.


I am going to try and find a bike like he rode and rebuild it, just because, its a bike!


Who won your birth year?


I was born the year Louison Bobet won the first of his three consecutive tours.
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Old 12-27-16, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler won in 1950 but, strangely enough, I didn't remember that and had to look it up on the interwebs.
Thank you for saving me the effort.

For my bicycles, 1959 and 1960, the answers are: Federico Bahamontes (Anquetil was 3rd that year) and Gastone Nencini (Anquetil was a no-show and favorite Roger Riviere became an 80% quadraplegic in a tragic crash).

I am a fan of the late Adolf Christian of Vienna, Austria, who finished third in the 1957 TdF on a Capo, his hometown bicycle marque.
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Old 12-27-16, 07:34 PM
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No one. As far as I know, there were no Tour De France
races during WWII.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Some French guy on a bicycle. And drugs. And not ashamed of it.
So were some British (in front of our eyes), German, Americans (what was his name?--how soon we forget!Shame-- he does not know what it is), etc! sure I am missing a few?

Drugs have no frontier!
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Charly Gaul in the G.C.



The year before Bobet lost the Giro when Bobet took advantage of Gaul pulling to the side of the road for a biological need. This, of course, is a flagrant violation of the "inside baseball" rules of professional cycling.

You think trash talking in sports is a modern invention? Here's Charly before a key TdF stage in 1958:

"You're ready, Monsieur Bobet?", he asked, laying emphasis on the false politeness of the monsieur. "I'll give you a chance. I'll attack on the Luitel climb. I'll even tell you which hairpin. You want to win the Tour more than I do? Easy. I've told you what you need to know."
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I'm not fully qualified to post in this sub-forum due to age requirements, but my birth year's winner auto overrides that.

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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
Jacques Anquetil ( FRA )
See above, loved to drink, smoke cigar and as he predicted did not die of one caner--interestingly enough!
But the best part of it he did not hide it--PANACHE is what it is all about!
And he sure had that panache--sorry Poupou!
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So were some British (in front of our eyes), German, Americans (what was his name?--how soon we forget!Shame-- he does not know what it is), etc! sure I am missing a few?

Drugs have no frontier!
Yup, but nobody before Anquetil or since was so brazen and unapologetic about it.

And I can't say I disagree. I'm not sure there's any point in attempting to regulate doping among professional athletes. Save that for the amateurs. Let the pros take their chances. A laissez-faire approach would tend to promote safer PEDs with fewer health risks and the best athletes would still succeed on a PED-leveled field.

Right now PEDs favor the already successful athletes, who can afford the best stuff and the best medical advice on hiding it, and buying the necessary favors. So it perpetuates an unfair gap between the financially successful athletes and the rest of the pack. There's no doubt that some of the most successful boxers over the past couple of decades have been juicing. But there's so much money involved nobody is seriously interested in stopping it, as long as everyone is making money. Occasionally they've gone after an unpopular fighter who isn't a serious money maker (like James Toney several years ago). But nobody was seriously interested in busting a prime Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or any other marquee name who could sell PPV and fill casino seats. Remember when Marquez tried to go against Mayweather, drinking his own urine as a desperate way of strengthening himself? JMM looked like what he was -- an overblown featherweight trying to blow up to welterweight but turning out pudgy and slow against Mayweather. Then a few years later Marquez looks like a hardcore superman against Pacquiao (another former mini-weight guy who's been juicing for years to succeed against over the hill welterweights), carrying speed and power and knocking Pacman into dreamland for several minutes.

But the next lower tier of athletes -- whether fighters or cyclists -- can't fairly compete against PED-enhanced top tier athletes when they can barely afford training and travel expenses, let alone the best PEDs, medical advice, lawyers and bribes to buy favors. It's a stupid joke and nobody is fooled anymore.

Sure, some idiots will style try to gain a slight advantage over the PED-enhanced field by trying risky stuff which may kill them, but that's been happening for more than a century and nothing can be done effectively to curtail it.

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None of the above - no race in 1945
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Roger Walkowiak. He was a French road bicycle racer who won the 1956 Tour de France. He was a professional rider from 1950 until 1960.


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I have no idea who won the TdF the year I was born but just felt like posting this picture of Rudi Altig in the '62 Tour, that's all.

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Don't have to look it up, as I was born the same year as the OP.

Was inspired by TDF film shown in high school circa 1970
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Tour not run until after WW2 and Nazi-Germans were Gone.
1st year it resumed winner was :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Robic

He also won The 1st Pro Cyclocross Championships , in 1950.





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