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xx L’Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade 1960-1969  
  Timeline: 1960  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1960 Milan-San Remo Rene Privat (Fra) 288 km
April 3, 1960 Tour of Flanders Arthur De Cabooter (Bel) 227 km
April 10, 1960 Paris-Roubaix Pino Cerami (Bel) 262 km
May 8, 1960 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Abe Geldermans (Ned) 248 km
April 29-May 15, 1960 Vuelta a Espana Frans de Mulder (Bel) 17 Stages, 3,567 km
May 19-June 9, 1960 Giro d'Italia Jacques Anquetil (Fra) 21 Stages, 3,481 km
June 26-July 17, 1960 Tour de France Gastone Nencini (Ita) 21 Stages, 4,172 km
August 14, 1960 World Championships Rik Van Looy (Bel) Sachsenring, Germany 279 km

October 16, 1960

Giro di Lombardia Emile Daems (Bel) Milan-Milan, 226 km

•  Payola - The NAB (National Assoc. of Broadcasters) address the Payola scandal by threatening fines for any and all disc jockeys who take money from record promoters for playing particular records.

•  USA - November, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) defeated Richard Nixon for the Presidency of the United States.

•  Cold War - The USSR shoot down an American U-2 spy plane over Russia. The international incident intensifies tensions in the Cold War.

•  December 31, 1960 - Great Britain ceases the use of the farthing coin as legal tender. The farthing had been in use since the 13th century in Great Britain.

Notable Deaths -
Giro d'Italia / Tour de France / World Road Race Champion: Fausto Coppi, 1919-1960, the great Italian “Campionissimo” died January 2, 1960 after a missed diagnosis of malaria. (See L'Equipe Sports Figure of the Decade 1940's). He was a five time Giro champion (1940, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1953). He was a two time Tour champion (1949, 1952). He won the World Road Race in 1953.

Clark Gable, 1901-1960, American actor, died of a massive heart attack. Mr. Gable won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1934 for his role in the film It Happened One Night .

L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade1960-1969
L'Equipe's athlete of the decade was Pele of Brazil, a superstar soccer player. He played on 3 World Cup championship teams (1958, 1962, & 1970). Pele and his Brazil teams helped the sport of soccer gain worldwide popularity. He was described as "the father of the beautiful game."



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