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52nd Tour de France 1965

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gimondi's Surprise Victory

Defending champion Jacques Anquetil opted not to race in 1965. Most cycling experts began speculation about a successor. Raymond “Pou Pou” Poulidor's name was prominently at the headed most lists. Nowhere on anyone's list appeared neo-pro Felice Gimondi (Ita). The Italian had been brought here to support his team leader Vittorio Adorni.

SPECIAL NOTE: For the first time in Tour history the start was held in West Germany .

SPECIAL NOTE: One innovation of note in 1965 was the start ramp for the individual time trials (ITT). The small platform gave the riders a rolling start into their TT effort. .

During the early stage, Gimondi rode aggressively, breaking away from the other contenders, and gaining valuable seconds. His aggressive riding gave him the Maillot Jaune (race leader's Yellow Jersey).

The Tour entered the Pyrenees Mountain on stage 9. A confident “Pou Pou” began his move to the top of the overall classification. Spanish climber Julio Jimenez attacked on the first climb and broke clear of the peloton. Poulidor rode prominently at the front of the chase group trying to shake Gimondi. The strong chase was not enough to catch Jimenez. Poulidor tried but could not ride away from the pesky Gimondi. He finished 1 second behind Gimondi, but managed to move into second place overall, 3'12” behind the race leader.

SPECIAL NOTE: Rumors midway through the Tour began to swirl of a growing number of rider using performance-enhancing drugs. Race officials began discussions about the drug in the peloton and consider the institution of drug testing to address the problem. Realizing the resistance in the peloton, race officials proceed cautiously.

SPECIAL NOTE: Sadly, the abandonment of Federico Bahamontes on stage 10 in the Pyrenees Mountains signaled the end of grand TdF career. Bahamontes won the overall Tour in 1959 and won the Best Climber's Prize a record six times. It seemed fitting for such a great climber to end his career in his beloved mountains.

The unforgiving climb of Mont Ventoux was historical. Failed attacks of the past haunted a fragile confidence of the French favorite. Executing Magne's plan, Poulidor attacked from the bottom and sets a pace that few would follow. Only talented Spanish climber Julio Jimenez had the strength to join the inspired “Pou Pou” . The climb was brilliant and gave Poulidor the stage win and a time gain of 1'38” on Gimondi. The flying Frenchman now trailed by a slim 34 seconds.

Stage 18, the 27 km mountain ITT on Mont Revard, provided Poulidor the perfect opportunity to grasp control of the race. Tailing by only 34 seconds, he confidently attacked the course. Although Poulidor rode well, the exceptional ride of the day was reserved for Felice Gimondi. He arrived at the top of Mont Revard 33 seconds ahead of the French favorite. Poulidor now trailed by 1'12” with only the final ITT from Versailles to Paris remaining.

Riding into Paris with the Maillot Jaune on his back gave Felice Gimondi the strength to put the finishing touch on his grand TdF victory. At Parc des Princes Velodrome, the 22-year-old Gimondi crossed the finish line to win the stage by 1'08” over a fading Raymond Poulidor. Gimondi was the surprise winner of the 1965 Tour de France, but he was clearly the superior rider from start to finish.

Stage and Distance

Stage Winner

Race Leader

Stage 1a KOLN (Ger)- LIEGE (Bel), 149 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Stage 2 LIEGE (Bel)- ROUBAIX , 206 km

Bernard Vandekerkhove (Bel)

Bernard Vandekerkhove (Bel)

Stage 3 ROUBAIX-ROUEN, 250 km

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 4 CAEN-ST BRIEUC, 227 km

Edgard Sorgeloos (Bel)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 5a ST BRIEUC-CHATEAULIN, 147 km

Cees Van Espen (Hol)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 5b CHATEAULIN, 27 km ITT

Raymond Poulidor (Fra)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 6 QUIMPER-LA BAULE/Pornichet, 210 km

Guido Reybroeck (Bel)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 7 LA BAULE/Pornichet-LA ROCHELLE, 219 km

Edward Sels (Bel)

Bernard Vandekerkhove (Bel)

Stage 8 LA ROCHELLE-BORDEAUX, 198 km

Jo De Roo (Hol)

Bernard Vandekerkhove (Bel)

Stage 9 DAX-BAGNERES DE BIGORRE, 226 km

Julio Jimenez (Spa)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 10 BAGNERES DE BIGORRE-AX LES THERMES, 223 km

Guido Reybroeck (Bel)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 11 AX LES THERMES- BARCELONA (Spa), 240 km

Jose Perez-Frances (Fra)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 12 BARCELONA (Spa)- PERPIGNAN , 219 km

Jan Janssen (Hol)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 13 PERPIGNAN-MONTPELLIER, 164 km

Adriano Durante (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 14 MONTPELLIER-MONT VENTOUX, 173 km

Raymond Poulidor (Fra)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 15 CARPENTRAS-GAP, 168 km

Giuseppe Fezzardi (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 16 GAP-BRIANCON, 177 km

Joaquim Galera (Spa)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 17 BRIANCON-AIX LES BAINS, 193 km

Julio Jimenez (Spa)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 18 AIX LES BAINS-LE REVARD, 27 km ITT

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 19 AIX LES BAINS-LYON, 165 km

Rik Van Looy (Bel)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 20 LYON-AUXERRE, 294 km

Michael Wright (GBr)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 21 AUXERRE-VERSAILLES, 225 km

Gerben Karstens (Hol)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Stage 22 VERSAILLES-PARIS, 38 km ITT

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

Felice Gimondi (Ita)

BEST CLIMBER PRIZE

Julio Jiminez (Spa)

POINT'S COMPETITION

Jan Janssen (Hol)



TdF June 22 - July 14, 1965
4,188 Km

1. Felice GIMONDI (Ita) 116h42'06"

2. Raymond Poulidor (Fra) +2'40"

3. Gianni Motta (Ita) +9'18"

Starters: 130
Finishers: 96
Average Speed: 35.886 km/h

 

 

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