63rd Giro di Lombardia 1969 (Italy)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian



Jean-Pierre MONSERE

The 63rd edition of the Giro di Lombardia was held on October 11, 1969.

Young Jean-Pierre Monsere (Flandria) was quickly becoming a superstar. The talented Belgian rode prominently in the 17 rider lead group. At the finish in Como Gerben Karstens sprinted past Monsere and defending champion Herman van Springel for the apparent victory.

Karstens' apparent victory

Karstens was later disqualified after a positive doping control test. 21 year old Jean-Pierre Monsere (Bel) became the winner of the 1969 Lombardia.

SPECIAL NOTE: After his first major victory at the 1969 Lombardia, Jean-Pierre Monsere went on to win the 1970 World Road Race Championship. Tragically, while on a training ride in March 1971, Monsere died after colliding with a car.

GdL October 11, 1969
266 Km, Milan-Como

1. Jean-Pierre MONSERE (Bel) 6h38'54"

2. Herman Van Springel (Bel)
3. Franco Bitossi (Ita)
Starters: 174
Finishers: 37
Average Speed: 40.010 km/h


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