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xx L’Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1950-1959
  Timeline: 1950 [Decade of Bigger and Better Things]  

The decade of the 40's, a time of destruction and devastation, was over and the decade of the 50's, a time of promising things to come, was just beginning. The World searched for a better way to live.

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 18, 1950 Milan-San Remo Gino Bartali (Ita) 282 km
April 2, 1950 Tour of Flanders Fiorenzo Magni (Ita) 273 km
April 9, 1950 Paris-Roubaix Fausto Coppi (Ita) 247 km
April 23, 1950 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Prosper Depredomme (Bel) 263 km
May 24-June 13, 1950 Giro d'Italia Hugo Koblet (Sui) 18 Stages, 3,981 km
July13-Aug 7, 1950 Tour de France Ferdi Kubler (Sui) 22 Stages, 4,755 km
Aug 20-Sept 21, 1950 Vuelta a Espana Emilio Rodriguez (Spa) 22 Stages, 3,984 km
August 20, 1950 World Championships Brik Schotte (Bel) Moorslede, Belgium 284 km
October 22, 1950 Giro di Lombardia Renzo Soldani (Ita) Milan-Milan, 222 km

•  Sports Color Barriers Fell in the USA- 1950's, Chuck Cooper joined the NBA's Boston Celtics in 1950, Althea Gibson was the first Black to win Wimbledon in 1957, and Willie O'Ree made it to the NHL in 1957.

•  The Great Bank Robbery - 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car in Boston, Massachusetts.

•  The Korean War - June 25, 1950, North Korea mounted a massive attack on South Korea. The conflict between communist North Korea and anti-communist South Korea was started. The US and a large multi-national peace keeping force entered the conflict two weeks later.

•  TV - What's My Line debuted on CBS.

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1950-1959
L'Equipe's athlete of the decade was Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina, a champion Formula One racecar driver. Fangio dominated in a time of great growth of Formula One auto racing. In 1954, he won 8 championships in 12 races and scored enough points to win his second World Championship. Fangio would go on to win four World Titles in a row and gain the nickname "the Maestro." His record of wins per start will probably never be challenged.


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