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44th Tour de France 1957

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maitre Jacques' Decisive Debut

Two major French riders, Louison Bobet and Raphael Geminiani chose not race in 1957. The absence of the two stars opened the door for young sensation Jacques Anquetil. Earlier in the year, Anquetil broke Fausto Coppi's hour record and beat veteran Louison Bobet in Paris-Nice. He came to the TdF for the next step toward super stardom.

The Tour started in an overpowering heat wave. Through the first 4 stages, 31 riders had fallen victim to the heat and had to abandon. Most notable was Luxembourg climber Charly Gaul, who abandoned on stage 2. The heat would continue throughout the entire race.

What doubts there were about the French team at the start were soon put to rest. French sprinter Andre Darrigade took the stage win and the initial Maillot Jaune (race leader's Yellow Jersey). His teammate Rene Privat broke away on stage 2 for a 3'32” stage win. The French Nationals easily won the 15 km team time trial on stage 3a. Jacques Anquetil made his presence felt on stage 3b by slipping into a 12-rider breakaway and winning the stage. This effort was Anquetil's first stage win in the TdF and echoed a bright future for the young star.

Anquetil was well known for his time trialing ability, but the unknown was his capacity to climb. Could he stay with the “mountain goats” when the Tour headed upward? The Tour entered the hard Alpine climbing on stage 10 with the classic stage to Briancon. The stage featured the climbs of the Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier and Anquetil answered all the skeptics. He climbed with all the leaders and finished 5 th on the stage. Anquetil jumped into the overall lead and won his first Maillot Jaune.

Anquetil extends his time gap to almost 10 minutes in the Pyrenees Mountains . One by one all the contenders fell off his torrid pace. Defending champion Roger Walkowiak, riding for the French National team, succumbed to the brutal circle of death stage and abandoned on stage 18.

Inspired by his chances to win the TdF, Anquetil destroyed the field in the 66 km individual time trial from Bordeaux to Libourne. When the race finished in Paris , Maitre Jacques Anquetil had a 14'56" lead over Marcel Janssens (Bel). A young French star had emerged. For Anquetil this was his first grand Tour de France victory.

SPECIAL NOTE: The French National team came back in grand style. They generated 13 stage wins, won the team classification, and held the Maillot Jaune for 21 of the 22 stages (only French regional rider ( Ile de France ) Nicolas Barone's MJ on stage 7).

 

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1 NANTES-GRANVILLE, 204 km

Andre Darrigade (Fra)

Andre Darrigade (Fra)

Stage 2 GRANVILLE-CAEN, 226 km

Rene Privat (Fra)

Rene Privat (Fra)

Stage 3a CIRCUIT De La PRAIRIE, 15 km TTT

French National Team

Rene Privat (Fra)

Stage 3b CAEN-ROUEN, 134 km

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Rene Privat (Fra)

Stage 4 ROUEN-ROUBAIX, 232 km

Janssens Marcel (Bel)

Rene Privat (Fra)

Stage 5 ROUBAIX-CHARLEROI (Bel), 170 km

Gilbert Bauvin (Fra)

Rene Privat (Fra)

Stage 6 CHARLEROI (Bel)- METZ , 248 km

Andre Trochut (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 7 METZ-COLMAR, 223 km

Roger Hassenforder (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 8 COLMAR-BESANCON, 192 km

Pierino Baffi (Ita)

Nicolas Barone (Fra)

Stage 9 BESANCON-THONON LES BAINS, 188 km

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Jean Forestier (Fra)

Stage 10 THONON LES BAINS-BRIANCON, 247 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Jean Forestier (Fra)

Stage 11 BRIANCON-CANNES, 289 km

Rene Privat (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 12 CANNES-MARSEILLE, 239 km

Jean Stablinski

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 13 MARSEILLE-ALES, 160 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 14 ALES-PERPIGNAN, 246 km

Roger Hassenforder (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 15a PERPIGNAN-BARCELONA (Spa), 197 km

Rene Privat (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 15b CIRCUIT DE MONTJUICH (Spa), 9.8 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 16 BARCELONA (Spa)-AX LES THERMES, 220 km

Jean Bourles (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 17 AX LES THERMES-ST GAUDENS, 236 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 18 ST GAUDENS-PAU, 207 km

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 19 PAU-BORDEAUX, 194 km

Pierino Baffi (Ita)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 20 BORDEAUX-LIBOURNE, 66 km ITT

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 21 LIBOURNE-TOURS, 317 km

Andre Darrigade (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

Stage 22 TOURS-PARIS/Parc des Princes, 227 km

Andre Darrigade (Fra)

Jacques Anquetil (Fra)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

POINT'S COMPETITION

Jean Forestier (Fra)

 

TdF June 27- July 20, 1957
4,687 Km

1. Jacques ANQUETIL (Fra) 135h44'42"

2. Marcel Janssens (Bel) +14'56"

3. Adolf Christian (Aut) +17'20"

Starters: 120
Finishers: 56
Average Speed: 34.250 km/h

 

 

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