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58th Paris-Roubaix 1960 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Victory for a Trooper

The Municipal stadium in St. Denis hosted 156 riders at the start of the 1960 Paris-Roubaix Classic. Again this year additional young and talented riders came with hope of challenging the “Old Guard” of cycling.

The early attacks came from two French superstars, Louison Bobet and Roger Riviere. The duo held a 4 minute lead after 50 km of racing. A concerned Rik Van Looy feared the increasing lead and started the chase.

Shortly after the Doullens Hill the breakaway was caught. A young British phenom named Tom Simpson attacked immediately and steadily increased his advantage.

Eighteen kilometers from the finish in Cysoing his lead was 1'25” on a hard charging group. Only Pino Cerami and Tino Sabbadini could catch Simpson.

At the velodrome Cerimi, a tireless worker for Rik Van Steenbergen, launched the attack of his career and sprinted home for the prestigious victory.

P-R April 10, 1960
262 Km, St. Denis (north of Paris) to Roubaix (Velodrome)

1. Pino CERAMI (Bel) 6h01'45”

2. Tino Sabbadini (Fra)
3. Miguel Poblet (Spa)
Starters: 156
Finishers: 58
Average Speed: 43.460 km/h

 

 

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