Remembering the Tour in Ventoux in 1950-1967
The Tour de France crossed Mont-Ventoux for the first time in 1951, passing over the Giant of Provence no less than four times in the 1950s.
In the 1960s, Poulidor can be seen at the arrival of the stage on 6 July 1965.
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The 2000s (2000 - 2002 - 2009)
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The 50s and 60s (1951 - 1952 - 1955 - 1958 - 1965 - 1967)
1965 - Tuesday 6 July - Montpellier / Mont Ventoux (173 km)
After seven years’ absence the Tour returns to Mont Ventoux and for the first time, the summit is the venue for a stage finish. In the absence of Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor is the big favourite. On the approach to the Col des Tempêtes, Poulidor breaks aways on his own to cross the finish line at the summit first with only a 6 second lead over Julio Jiminez.
Felice Gimondi, riding his first Tour, manages a stage 4th and keeps the yellow jersey. A few days later he wins the Tour ahead of Raymond Poulidor.
1967 - Thursday 13 July - Marseille / Mont Ventoux / Carpentras (211 km)
Less than 2 km from the summit, a monument erected in memory of the English rider Tom Simpson is a reminder of the tragedy which took place on 13 July 1967.
In an exceptional heat, the 1965 world road race champion manages to stay with the leaders from some time. However, two kilometres from the summit he starts to sway then falls, never to get up again. He is transported by helicopter to hospital in Avignon but passes away shortly after his arrival.
As for the stage, Julio Jimenez reaches the summit of Ventoux in the lead but is overtaken by Jan Janssen in the sprint to the finish in Carpentras, capital of the Venaissin Comtat. This edition of the Tour de France is won by the Frenchman Roger Pingeon.