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20th World Championship Road Race 1953


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian













Campionissimo! Finally…

The 1953 World Championship Road Race was held in Lugano , Switzerland . The 270 km race course around the Lugano area presented a formidable challenge to the 70 starters.

1953 Giro d'Italia champion Fausto Coppi had won every major race, but lacked a World Championship. The 33 year old Italian attacked with 90 km to go with Belgian Germain Derijcke in tow. Derijcke began to tire late in the race and Coppi dropped him with 22 km to the finish.

Leaving no doubt Coppi opened a large gap and rolled across the finish line 6'16” ahead of the second placed Derijcke.

WCRR August 30, 1953
270 Km [ Lugano , Switzerland ]

1. Fausto COPPI (Ita) 7h30'59”

2. Germain Derijcke (Bel) +6'16”

3. Stan Ockers (Bel) +7'29”

Starters: 70
Finishers: 27
Average Speed: 35.920 km/h




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