56th Giro di Lombardia 1962 (Italy)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian




The 56th edition of the Giro di Lombardia was held on October 20, 1962.

Jo de Roo (St. Raphaël-Helyett) was known as a rider with ‘well-rounded’ skills. He could climb with the climbers and sprint with the sprinters. He used all his skills in 1962. The only incident that slowed de Roo came on the crucial climb of the Muro di Sormano. De Roo was alone on the steep climb when de Roo’s rear wheel became dislodged. While he and his team mechanic resolved the problem Livio Trape (Ghigi) sped past.

1962 winner Jo De Roo has a late in the race mechanical problem

In a moment of panic the Dutchman took up the chase. Trape cleared the summit of the Muro with a 15 second lead. On the “hair-raising” descent into the finish in Como de Roo caught Trape and sprinted to the Lombardia victory.

GdL October 20, 1962
253 Km, Milan-Como

1. Jo DE ROO (Ned) 7h05'58"

2. Livio Trape (Ita)
3. Alcide Cerato (Ita) +51"
Starters: 141
Finishers: 47
Average Speed: 35.636 km/h


Lomb 1961

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