Tom Simpson - 50 years after tragedy at Le Tour De France

Posted by Todd Anderson on Thursday, July 13, 2017 Under: Life
LIFE: Today marks the 50 year anniversary of the tragic death of English cyclist Tom Simpson at Le Tour De France...

As many of us follow this years Le Tour De France, I think its worth taking a couple of minutes to remember the contribution that Tom Simpson gave to British cycling. Today marks exactly 50 years since his tragic death on the 13th stage of the tour on Mont Ventoux. Although Tom's death was related to the limits these cyclist push themselves, the heat and also the fact that he had ingested a cocktail of alcohol and amphetamines, to me, it still feels like such a shame that the tours organisers missed a trick, with the opportunity to pay homage to Tom's legacy. If your interested to read more I've added a link to an article that was published by the Guardian earlier this week. Cycling to work and back fealt like the right thing to do today... and who knows... one day I might give Ventoux a go!


   

LINKS
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jul/09/tour-de-france-tom-simpson-death-50-years-mont-ventoux-cycling

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-33639245/the-briton-who-died-trying-to-win-the-tour-de-france

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/hundreds-gather-mountain-summit-cyclist-13322747

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/3964988/tom-simpson-cyclist-death-mont-ventoux-tour-de-france-1967/

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/cycling/tom-simpson-the-cyclist-who-pushed-too-far-1-8646385

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Tags: history sport "le tour de france" 
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