___Bike Racing Timeline

  Timeline: 1946  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1946 Milan-San Remo Fausto Coppi (Ita) 293 km
April 14, 1946 Tour of Flanders Rik van Steenbergen (Bel) 242 km
April 21, 1946 Paris-Roubaix George Clues (Bel) 246 km
May 5, 1946 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Prosper Depredomme (Bel) 205 km
May 7-30, 1946 Vuelta a Espana Dalmacio Langarica (Spa) 23 Stages, 3,816 km
June 15-July 7, 1946 Giro d'Italia Gino Bartali (Ita) 18 Stages, 3,039 km
Not Held Tour de France x x
September 1, 1946 World Championships Hans Knecht (Sui) Zurich, Switzerland 270 km
October 27, 1946 Giro di Lombardia Fausto Coppi (Ita) Milan-Milan, 231.4 km

•  January 10 - The United Nations met for the first time.

•  Tsunami - a 14-foot high wave struck Hilo, Hawaii killing 14 and injuring more than a thousand people.

•  New York City - the Basketball Association of America (later became the NBA- National Basketball Association) was founded June 6, 1946.

•  Nuremberg Trials - Sentanced to death for his war crimes, Nazi Herman Goring commits suicide in his cell hour before his scheduled execution.

Notable Deaths -
Arthur John Johnson, 1878-1946
, better known as Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight-boxing champion.

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1940-1949 - L'Equipe's athlete of the decade was Fausto Coppi , of Italy, known as “Campionissimo” (the Champion of Champions). War-torn Italy was starved for a new hero and it was to be radio broadcasts that gave the people a champion. The airwaves brought live coverage of grand Coppi victories to millions of Italian people. His victories included all the major cycling events of the day. He won the Tour de France twice, the Giro d'Italia five times, both the World Championship Road Race and the Paris-Roubaix Classic once, and the Milan-San Remo Road Race three times. Fausto Coppi was the most admired athlete of his time, not only for his dominating victories on the bike, but for what his victories did for a nation in search of a new beginning.


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