___Bike Racing Timeline

  Timeline: 1951  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1951 Milan-San Remo Louison Bobet (Fra) 282 km
April 1, 1951 Tour of Flanders Fiorenzo Magni (Ita) 274 km
April 8, 1951 Paris-Roubaix Antonio Bevilacqua (Ita) 247 km
April 22, 1951 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Ferdi Kubler (Sui) 211 km
May 19-June 10, 1951 Giro d'Italia Fiorenzo Magni (Ita) 20 Stages, 4,153 km
July 4-29, 1951 Tour de France Hugo Koblet (Sui) 24 Stages, 4,692 km
Not Held Vuelta a Espana x x
September 2, 1951 World Championships Ferdi Kubler (Sui) Varese, Italy 284 km
October 21, 1951 Giro di Lombardia Louison Bobet (Fra) Milan-Milan, 226 km

•  Tour de France - While wearing Holland's first ever Maillot Jaune (race leader's Yellow Jersey), Wim Van Est lost control descending the Col d'Aubisque. Van Est fell 75 meters down a ravine and landed on a ledge. His team had to string together spare tires as a rope to pull Van Est to safety. As race leader he abandoned the Tour.

•  Rock & Roll - Cleveland disc jockey, Alan Freed, began playing rhythm and blues records. The R&B sound, labeled “race music” by his mostly white audience, swept the nation and the world. Freed tapped a 1947 Wild Bill Moore song “We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll” to create the phenomenon of Rock & Roll.

•  USA - United Nations headquarters were officially opened in New York City.

•  TV - I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnes, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, debuted on CBS.

•  Great Britain - Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain for the second time.

• USA - The USA tested a 1-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flat at the Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas.

Notable Deaths -
Sinclair Lewis, 1885-1951,
died in Rome of heart disease. He was the first American author to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930.

Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1889-1951, American baseball player for the Chicago White Sox died of a heart attack. Jackson was given a lifetime suspension from baseballfor his association with the “Black Sox” scandal of 1919.



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