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37th Tour de France 1950

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Suisse Cowboy” Inherits the Win

The drama of the intense competitions in the Tour de France races of 1948 and 1949 would be hard to match in 1950. The competition at the start was to come from an equally strong French National team, but the dark horse was powerful Suisse team, with Hugo Koblet and Ferdi Kubler.

After a rest day in Pau, the superstars of the Tour began to flex their muscles. Stage 11 from Pau to Saint Gaudens included the formidable climbs of the Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aubisque, and Col d'Aspin, but the story of the stage would eclipse the race itself. Italian Gino Bartali was riding well in the 1950 Tour and attacked on the Col d'Aspin with Frenchman Jean Robic. Tthe huge crowds on the Aspin pressed forward to see their heroes. In the process the road narrowed, Bartali was bumped causing him to fall. The incident took Robic down with him. The two were not hurt and recovered quickly. Several excited ( undoubtedly drunken) fans hassled and insulted Bartali. At one point a drunken fan flashed a knife in the Italian's face. The incident was brief but frightening. The breakaway of nine riders regrouped on the descent and continued. At the finish in Saint Gaurdens, an angry Bartali unleashed a great sprint for the stage win. His teammate Fiorenzo Magni was also in the breakaway and took the race lead.

That night Bartali, still infuriated over the violence, called a press conference to announce the withdrawal of both Italian teams. The abandonment of the Italian contingent included the unfortunate Fiorenzo Magni, who had taken the overall race lead.

The Maillot Jaune was not worn during stage 12, but the race leader became second placed Ferdi Kubler. Given a long standing traditon he refused to wear the jersey by default. When Kubler did earn the Maillot Jaune, the Swiss strongman was very excited.

The French team, needing large time gains, continued their aggressive riding through the Alps . Bobet and Geminiani were able to battle back into 3rd and 4th place in the final overall classification, but Kulber and Ockers steadfastly defended their leads.

Ferdi Kubler, the “Swiss Cowboy” (named for his wide brimmed cowboy hats), rode into Paris with a comfortable lead. He had become the first Swiss to win the Tour de France.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 PARIS-METZ, 307 km

Jean Goldschmit (Lux)

Jean Goldschmit (Lux)

Stage 2 METZ-LIEGE (Bel), 241 km

Adolfo Leoni (Ita)

Jean Goldschmit (Lux)

Stage 3 LIEGE (Bel)- LILLE , 232.5 km

Alfredo Pasotti (Ita)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 4 LILLE-ROUEN, 231 km

Stan Ockers (Bel)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 5 ROUEN-DINARD, 316 km

Giovanni Corrieri (Ita)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 6 DINARD-ST BRIEUC, 78 km ITT

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Jean Goldschmit (Lux)

Stage 7 ST BRIEUC-ANGERS, 248 km

Nello Lauredi (Fra)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 8 ANGERS-NIORT, 181 km

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 9 NIORT-BORDEAUX, 206 km

Alfredo Pasotti (Ita)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 10 BORDEAUX-PAU, 202 km

Marcel Dussault (Fra)

Bernard Gauthier (Fra)

Stage 11 PAU-ST GAUDENS, 230 km

Gino Bartali (Ita)

Fiorenzo Magni (Ita)

Stage 12 ST GAUDENS-PERPIGNAN, 233 km

Maurice Blomme (Bel)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 13 PERPIGNAN-NIMES, 215 km

Marcel Molines (Alg)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 14 NIMES-TOULON, 222 km

Custodio Dos Reis (Mar)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 15 TOULON-MENTON, 205.5 km

Bim Diederich (Lux)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 16 MENTON-NICE, 96 km

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 17 NICE-GAP, 229 km

Raphael Geminiani (Fra)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 18 GAP-BRIANCON, 165 km

Louison Bobet (Fra)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 19 BRIANCON-ST ETIENNE, 291 km

Raphael Geminiani (Fra)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 20 ST ETIENNE-LYON, 98 km ITT

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 21 LYON-DIJON, 233 km

Gino Sciardis (Fra)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

Stage 22 DIJON-PARIS, 314 km

Emile Baffert (Fra)

Ferdi Kubler (Sui)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Louison Bobet (Fra)

 

TdF July 13-August 7, 1950
4,774 Km

1. Ferdi KUBLER (Sui) 145h36'56"

2. Stan Ockers (Bel) +9'30

3. Louison Bobet (Fra) +22'19"

Starters: 116
Finishers: 51
Average Speed: 32.718 km/h

 

 

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