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47th Tour de France 1960

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Favorite Finds Disaster, Nencini Cruises

Former Tour de France champion Jacques Anquetil's absence from the sart list set the stage for a great battle between France 's Henry Anglade and his young French teammate Roger Riviere.

Riviere attacked his teammate's race lead on stage 6 and broke away. Gastone Nencini, Jan Adriaensens and German Hans Junkermann quickly joined him. The breakaway steadily gained time and finished the stage more than 14 minutes ahead of the peloton. Riviere grabbed the stage win, but a higher placed Jan Adriaensens took the race lead. Italian Nencini was second overall, 1'02” ahead of Riviere. The confident Riviere, holder of the world hour record, knew he would far out distance Nencini and Adriaensens in the 83 km individual time trial on stage 19 and win the Tour.

The betrayed Henry Anglade angrily vented his frustration that evening at the team hotel. Roger would never stay with Nencini on the Pyrenees climbs and descents. When the tirade calmed, he secretly knew Riviere had the best chance of winning the overall by Paris .

Through the Pyrenees stage, Nencini and Riviere battle to a draw and relegated Adriaensens to third place overall. Riviere remained confident of his chances to win. The drama intensified on stage 14. Nencini attacked over the top of the Col de Perjuret and Riviere followed. Both riders tried to carry high speed on the descent, when Riviere misjudged a turn and applied his brakes too late. He made solid contact with a low wall. The crash shattered his front wheel and catapulted him 20 meters down a cliff. As he tumbled off the mountain only a small group of branches broke his fall. He was critically injured by the crash and Riviere abandoned his beloved Tour. The injuries were not life threatening and he recovered, but he never rode a bicycle again. A bright cycling future came to a sudden and crushing end.

After Riviere's tragic accident, the Tour was basically finished. Gastone Nencini steadily increased his lead in the Alps and rode comfortably into Paris for a grand Tour de France victory.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1a LILLE-BRUSSELS (Bel), 108 km

Julien Schepens (Bel)

Julien Schepens (Bel)

Stage 1b BRUSSELS (Bel), 27.8 km ITT

Roger Riviere (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 2 BRUSSELS (Bel)-MALO LES BAINS, 206 km

Rene Privat (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 3 MALO LES BAINS-DIEPPE, 209 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Joseph Groussard (Fra)

Stage 4 DIEPPE-CAEN, 218 km

Jean Graczyk (Fra)

Henry Anglade (Fra)

Stage 5 CAEN-ST MALO, 189 km

Andre Darrigade (Fra)

Henry Anglade (Fra)

Stage 6 ST MALO-LORIENT, 191 km

Roger Riviere (Fra)

Jan Adriaensens (Bel)

Stage 7 LORIENT-ANGERS, 244 km

Graziano Battistini (Ita)

Jan Adriaensens (Bel)

Stage 8 ANGERS-LIMOGES, 240 km

Nino Defilippis (Ita)

Jan Adriaensens (Bel)

Stage 9 LIMOGES-BORDEAUX, 225 km

Martin Van Geneugden (Bel)

Jan Adriaensens (Bel)

Stage 10 MONT DE MARSAN-PAU, 228 km

Roger Riviere (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 11 PAU-LUCHON, 161 km

Kurt Gimmi (Sui)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 12 LUCHON-TOULOUSE, 176 km

Jean Graczyk (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 13 TOULOUSE-MILLAU, 224 km

Louis Proost (Bel)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 14 MILLAU-AVIGNON, 217 km

Martin Van Geneugden (Bel)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 15 AVIGNON-GAP, 187 km

Michel Van Aerde (Bel)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 16 GAP-BRIANCON, 172 km

Graziano Battistini (Ita)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 17 BRIANCON-AIX LES BAINS, 222 km

Jean Graczyk (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 18 AIX LES BAINS-THONON LES BAINS, 215 km

Fern Manzaneque (Esp)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 19 PONTARLIER-BESANCON, 83 km ITT

Rolf Graf (Sui)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 20 BESANCON-TROYES, 221 km

Pierre Beuffeuil (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

Stage 21 TROYES-PARIS, 200 km

Jean Graczyk (Fra)

Gastone Nencini (Ita)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Fernando Manzaneque (Spa)

POINT'S COMPETITION

Jean Graczyk (Fra)

 

TdF June 26 - July 17, 1960
4,172 Km

1. Gastone NENCINI (Ita) 112h08'42"

2. Graziano Battistini (Ita) +5'02"

3. Jan Adriaenssens (Bel) +10'24"

Starters: 128
Finishers: 81
Average Speed: 37.210 km/h

 

 

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