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26th World Championship Road Race 1959


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian









Sprinters Revel on a Flat Course

The 1959 World Championship Road Race was held in Zandvoort, Netherlands. The 69 starters faced 28 laps of the 10.28 km (motor-racing) course.

Despite great form Darrigade almost missing the World Championship start because of a crash a week earlier. Riding aggressively Darrigade joined an early breakaway with Tom Simpson and Michele Gismondi. French teammate Jacques Anquetil controlled the speed of the peloton’s chase.

The breakaway stayed clear of the peloton and Andre Darrigade easily won the sprint in front of Italian Michele Gismondi and Belgium's Noel Fore. Tom Simpson finished in fourth place.

Andre Darrigade (Fra) sprints to the victory

WCRR August 16, 1959
292 Km [ Zandvoort, Netherlands ]

1. Andre DARRIGADE (Fra) 7h30’43”

2. Michele Gismondi (Ita)

3. Noel Fore (Bel)

Starters: 69
Finishers: 44
Average Speed: 38.880 km/h

WCRR 1958

WCRR 1960

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