1965 Tour de France
|Route of the 1965 Tour de France|
|Dates||22 June – 14 July|
|Stages||22, including two split stages|
|Distance||4,188 km (2,602 mi)|
|Winning time||116h 42' 06"|
|Winner||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||(Salvarani)|
|Second||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)||(Mercier–BP–Hutchinson)|
|Third||Gianni Motta (ITA)||(Molteni–Ignis)|
|Points||Jan Janssen (NED)||(Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber)|
|Mountains||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||(Kas–Kaskol)|
The 1965 Tour de France was the 54th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling's Grand Tours. It took place between 22 June and 14 July, with 22 stages covering a distance of 4,188 km (2,602 mi). In his first year as a professional, Felice Gimondi, a substitute replacement on the Salvarani team, captures the overall title ahead of Raymond Poulidor, last year's second-place finisher.
Gimondi would go on to become one of only six riders, the others being Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and five-time Tour winners Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault to have won all three of the major Tours. Besides Gimondi's first tour and win, it was a first for other reasons: the 1965 Tour started in Cologne, Germany (the first time the Tour started in Germany, and only the third time it started outside France), and it was the first time the start ramp was used in time trials.
Julio Jiménez won two stages and his first of three consecutive mountains classification. Jiminez also won the mountains classification at the 1965 Vuelta a España – becoming one of (now) four riders to complete the Tour/Vuelta double by winning both races' mountains competitions in the same year.
The 1965 Tour started with 130 cyclists, divided into 13 teams of 10 cyclists. Each team had to include at least six cyclists with the same nationality. The Molteni–Ignis team was a combined team, with 5 cyclists from Molteni and 5 from Ignis.
The teams entering the race were:
Jacques Anquetil, who won the previous four Tours de France (1961–1964), did not participate in this tour. Cyclists in that time earned most of their income in criteriums, and Anquetil believed that even if he would win a sixth time, he would not get more money in those races.
This made Raymond Poulidor, who became second in the previous Tour, the main favourite.
Other favorites were Italians Vittorio Adorni and Gianni Motta. Adorni had won the Giro d'Italia earlier that year, helped by his team mate Felice Gimondi who finished third in his first year as a professional. Originally, Gimondi was not planning to start the 1965 Tour, but was asked to do so after several team mates were ill.
Route and stages
|1a||22 June||Cologne (West Germany) to Liège (Belgium)||149 km (93 mi)||Plain stage||Rik Van Looy (BEL)|
|1b||Liège (Belgium)||22.5 km (14.0 mi)||Team time trial||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop|
|2||23 June||Liège (Belgium) to Roubaix||200.5 km (124.6 mi)||Plain stage||Bernard Van De Kerkhove (BEL)|
|3||24 June||Roubaix to Rouen||240 km (150 mi)||Plain stage||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|4||25 June||Caen to Saint-Brieuc||227 km (141 mi)||Plain stage||Edgard Sorgeloos (BEL)|
|5a||26 June||Saint-Brieuc to Châteaulin||147 km (91 mi)||Plain stage||Cees van Espen (NED)|
|5b||Châteaulin||26.7 km (16.6 mi)||Individual time trial||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)|
|6||27 June||Quimper to La Baule||210.5 km (130.8 mi)||Plain stage||Guido Reybroeck (BEL)|
|7||28 June||La Baule to La Rochelle||219 km (136 mi)||Plain stage||Edward Sels (BEL)|
|8||29 June||La Rochelle to Bordeaux||197.5 km (122.7 mi)||Plain stage||Johan de Roo (NED)|
|9||30 June||Dax to Bagnères-de-Bigorre||226.5 km (140.7 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Julio Jiménez (ESP)|
|10||1 July||Bagnères-de-Bigorre to Ax-les-Thermes||222.5 km (138.3 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Guido Reybroeck (BEL)|
|11||2 July||Ax-les-Thermes to Barcelona (Spain)||240.5 km (149.4 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||José Perez-Frances (ESP)|
|12||4 July||Barcelona (Spain) to Perpignan||219 km (136 mi)||Plain stage||Jan Janssen (NED)|
|13||5 July||Perpignan to Montpellier||164 km (102 mi)||Plain stage||Adriano Durante (ITA)|
|14||6 July||Montpellier to Mont Ventoux||173 km (107 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)|
|15||7 July||Carpentras to Gap||167.5 km (104.1 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Giuseppe Fezzardi (ITA)|
|16||8 July||Gap to Briançon||177 km (110 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Joaquim Galera (ESP)|
|17||9 July||Briançon to Aix-les-Bains||193.5 km (120.2 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Julio Jiménez (ESP)|
|18||10 July||Aix-les-Bains to Le Revard||26.9 km (16.7 mi)||Mountain time trial||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|19||11 July||Aix-les-Bains to Lyon||165 km (103 mi)||Stage with mountain(s)||Rik Van Looy (BEL)|
|20||12 July||Lyon to Auxerre||198.5 km (123.3 mi)||Plain stage||Michael Wright (GBR)|
|21||13 July||Auxerre to Versailles||225.5 km (140.1 mi)||Plain stage||Gerben Karstens (NED)|
|22||14 July||Versailles to Paris||37.8 km (23.5 mi)||Individual time trial||Felice Gimondi (ITA)|
|Total||4,188 km (2,602 mi)|
The race started in Germany, and the first stage, ending in Belgium, was won by Belgian Rik Van Looy. On the second stage, run over cobbles, three riders escaped: Bernard Vandekerkhove, Felice Gimondi and Victor Van Schil. Vandekerkhove won the stage, and became the new leader.
On the third stage, there was again a group away, including Gimondi and André Darrigade. Darrigade was one of the best sprinters of that time, so Gimondi knew he would not win if it would end in a sprint. Gimondi therefore escaped with one kilometer to go. Gimondi was able to stay away, and won the stage; it was the first victory in his professional career. Gimondi also took the lead in the general classification, represented by the yellow jersey; this made Gimondi a protected rider in his team because his sponsor wanted to keep the publicity associated with the yellow jersey as long as possible.
The second part of the fifth stage was run as an individual time trial. It was won by Raymond Poulidor, but Gimondi was second, and kept his lead. He had a margin in the general classification of over two minutes on Vandekerkhove, while his team leader Adorni was in third place.
The ninth stage was the first Pyrenean stage, and during that stage eleven riders abandoned because of sickness. This included the leader of the general classification Vandekerkhove, and also Adorni. Rumours about doping that went wrong circulated, but nothing was ever proven. Gimondi became the leader of the general classification again, and because his team leader Adorni had left the race, he also became the undisputed leader of this team.
There were two more days in the Pyrenees, but these gave no big changes in the general classification. After stage eleven, Gimondi was still leading, with Poulidor in second place, more than three minutes behind. Poulidor expected that the inexperienced Gimondi would fail somewhere, and expected fourth-placed Motta to be his biggest rival. Poulidor announced he wount attack on Mont Ventoux in stage fourteen.
The only realistic chance left for Poulidor to win back time was in the individual time trial that ended the race. Poulidor was a good time trialist, and on a good day he should have been able to win back enough time to win the race. But Gimondi was the fastest man that day, and won the stage, and thereby the Tour de France.
There were several classifications in the 1965 Tour de France, two of them awarding jerseys to their leaders. The most important was the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the yellow jersey; the winner of this classification is considered the winner of the Tour.
Additionally, there was a points classification. In the points classification, cyclists got points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, and was identified with a green jersey.
There was also a mountains classification. The organisation had categorized some climbs as either first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reached the top of these climbs first, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The cyclist with the most points lead the classification, but was not identified with a jersey.
For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time. The riders in the team that lead this classification wore yellow caps.
The jury gave Cees Haast the prize more most unlucky cyclist, because he lost his sixth place in the general classification after a fall, and the prize for most sympathetic cyclist to Gianni Motta, because he was always in a good mood and did not look for apologies after losing to Gimondi.
|Stage||Winner|| General classification
|| Points classification
||Mountains classification||Team classification|
|1a||Rik Van Looy||Rik Van Looy||Rik Van Looy||Frans Brands||Solo–Superia|
|2||Bernard Van De Kerkhove||Bernard Van De Kerckhove||Bernard Van De Kerckhove|
|3||Felice Gimondi||Felice Gimondi|
|5a||Cees van Espen||Televizier|
|6||Guido Reybroeck||Guido Reybrouck|
|7||Edward Sels||Bernard Van De Kerckhove|
|8||Johan de Roo||Jo de Roo|
|9||Julio Jiménez||Felice Gimondi||Felice Gimondi||Julio Jiménez||Peugeot–BP–Michelin|
|10||Guido Reybroeck||Jo de Roo|
|14||Raymond Poulidor||Jan Janssen||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber|
|19||Rik Van Looy|
|Final||Felice Gimondi||Jan Janssen||Julio Jiménez||Kas–Kaskol|
|1||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Salvarani||116h 42' 06"|
|2||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 2' 40"|
|3||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 9' 18"|
|4||Henry Anglade (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 12' 43"|
|5||Jean-Claude Lebaube (FRA)||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 12' 56"|
|6||José Perez-Frances (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 13' 15"|
|7||Guido De Rosso (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 14' 48"|
|8||Frans Brands (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 17' 36"|
|9||Jan Janssen (NED)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 17' 52"|
|10||Francisco Gabica (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 19' 11"|
|Final general classification (11–81)|
|11||Karl-Heinz Kunde (GER)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 19' 21"|
|12||Roger Pingeon (FRA)||Peugeot–BP–Michelin||+ 20' 32"|
|13||Valentin Uriona (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 24' 34"|
|14||Henri Duez (FRA)||Peugeot–BP–Michelin||+ 25' 07"|
|15||Renzo Fontona (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 25' 31"|
|16||Gilbert Desmet 1 (BEL)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 28' 04"|
|17||André Zimmermann (FRA)||Peugeot–BP–Michelin||+ 29' 35"|
|18||André Foucher (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 29' 53"|
|19||Arnaldo Pambianco (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 32' 48"|
|20||Louis Rostollan (FRA)||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 34' 51"|
|21||Walter Boucquet (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 34' 52"|
|22||Angelino Soler (ESP)||Peugeot–BP–Michelin||+ 36' 36"|
|23||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 36' 45"|
|24||Michael Wright (GBR)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 40' 11"|
|25||Fernando Manzaneque (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 40' 38"|
|26||Sebastian Elorza (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 42' 00"|
|27||Gines Garcia (ESP)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 43' 23"|
|28||Hans Junkermann (GER)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 43' 34"|
|29||Rik Wouters (NED)||Televizier||+ 43' 45"|
|30||Luis Otano (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 47' 07"|
|31||Rik Van Looy (BEL)||Solo–Superia||+ 47' 29"|
|32||Hubert Harings (NED)||Televizier||+ 47' 30"|
|33||Jean-Louis Bodin (FRA)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 47' 49"|
|34||José-Antonio Momene (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 46' 01"|
|35||Michel Van Aerde (BEL)||Solo–Superia||+ 49' 16"|
|36||Giuseppe Fezzardi (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 50' 05"|
|37||Joaquin Galera (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 50' 55"|
|38||Raymond Mastrotto (FRA)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 52' 00"|
|39||Georges Vandenberghe (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 52' 54"|
|40||Roger Swerts (BEL)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 53' 10"|
|41||Victor Van Schil (BEL)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 53' 44"|
|42||Willy Monty (BEL)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 54' 12"|
|43||François Mahé (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 54' 29"|
|44||Eduardo Castello (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 54' 49"|
|45||Auguste Verhaegen (BEL)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 56' 11"|
|46||Juan-José Sagarduy (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 57' 09"|
|47||Benoni Beheyt (BEL)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 57' 52"|
|48||Gilbert Desmet 2 (BEL)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 58' 08"|
|49||René Binggeli (SUI)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 59' 12"|
|50||Henk Nijdam (NED)||Televizier||+ 1h 02' 02"|
|51||Bas Maliepaard (NED)||Televizier||+ 1h 03' 42"|
|52||Johnny Schleck (LUX)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 1h 04' 17"|
|53||Carlos Echevarria (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||+ 1h 04' 19"|
|54||Guido Reybrouck (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 1h 05' 14"|
|55||Jo De Roo (NED)||Televizier||+ 1h 05' 55"|
|56||Joseph Planckaert (BEL)||Solo–Superia||+ 1h 08' 36"|
|57||Gerben Karstens (NED)||Televizier||+ 1h 12' 51"|
|58||Pietro Partesotti (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 1h 12' 53"|
|59||Roland Van de Rijse (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 1h 12' 58"|
|60||Henri Dewolf (BEL)||Solo–Superia||+ 1h 13' 45"|
|61||Frans Aerenhouts (BEL)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 1h 15' 10"|
|62||Jacques Bachelot (FRA)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 1h 16' 04"|
|63||Adriano Portaluppi (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 1h 17' 54"|
|64||Robert Cazala (FRA)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 1h 20' 18"|
|65||Esteban Martin (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 1h 20' 51"|
|66||Anatole Novak (FRA)||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 1h 22' 08"|
|67||Cees Lute (NED)||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 1h 22' 22"|
|68||Italo Mazzacurati (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 1h 23' 33"|
|69||Joseph Timmermann (BEL)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 1h 24' 45"|
|70||Gilberto Vendemmiati (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 1h 25' 45"|
|71||Jean Gainche (FRA)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 1h 27' 06"|
|72||Noël Depauw (BEL)||Solo–Superia||+ 1h 27' 49"|
|73||Adriano Durante (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 1h 28' 05"|
|74||Remo Stefanoni (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 1h 28' 11"|
|75||Jean-Pierre Genet (FRA)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 1h 31' 07"|
|76||Rogelio Hernandez (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 1h 31' 39"|
|77||Jo De Haan (NED)||Televizier||+ 1h 37' 16"|
|78||Ambrogio Colombo (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 1h 37' 26"|
|79||Francis Blanc (FRA)||Salvarani||+ 1h 40' 43"|
|80||Guillaume Van Tongerloo (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 1h 41' 28"|
|81||Yvo Molenaers (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||+ 1h 41' 42"|
|82||Jean-Claude Lefebvre (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 1h 43' 26"|
|83||Michel Grain (FRA)||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 1h 43' 26"|
|84||Edgar Sorgeloos (BEL)||Solo–Superia||+ 1h 43' 51"|
|85||Antonio Bertran (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 1h 45' 30"|
|86||Diego Ronchini (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 1h 46' 32"|
|87||Vin Denson (GBR)||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 1h 46' 36"|
|88||François Le Her (FRA)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 1h 48' 48"|
|89||Giacomo Fornoni (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||+ 1h 49' 12"|
|90||Leo Van Dongen (NED)||Televizier||+ 1h 49' 28"|
|91||Mario Minieri (ITA)||Salvarani||+ 1h 53' 34"|
|92||Hubert Ferrer (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 2h 03' 47"|
|93||André Darrigade (FRA)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 2h 14' 18"|
|94||Jean Milesi (FRA)||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 2h 22' 38"|
|95||Raul Rey (ESP)||Ferrys||+ 2h 23' 37"|
|96||Joseph Groussard (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 2h 37' 38"|
|1||Jan Janssen (NED)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||144|
|2||Guido Reybrouck (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||130|
|3||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Salvarani||124|
|4||Rik Van Looy (BEL)||Solo–Superia||109|
|5||Michael Wright (GBR)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||98|
|6||Georges Vandenberghe (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||94|
|7||Benoni Beheyt (BEL)||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||85|
|8||Frans Brands (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||84|
|8||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||84|
|8||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||84|
|1||Julio Jiménez (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||133|
|2||Frans Brands (BEL)||Flandria–Romeo||74|
|3||Joaquin Galera (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||68|
|4||Felice Gimondi (ITA)||Salvarani||55|
|5||Raymond Poulidor (FRA)||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||48|
|6||Henri Anglade (FRA)||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||47|
|7||Gianni Motta (ITA)||Molteni–Ignis||45|
|8||José Perez-Frances (ESP)||Ferrys||43|
|9||Rik Van Looy (BEL)||Solo–Superia||30|
|10||Francisco Gabica (ESP)||Kas–Kaskol||25|
|1||Kas–Kaskol||349h 29' 19"|
|2||Pelforth–Sauvage–Lejeune–Wolber||+ 16' 08"|
|3||Molteni–Ignis||+ 16' 35"|
|4||Peugeot–BP–Michelin||+ 21' 36"|
|5||Wiel's–Groene Leeuw||+ 36' 03"|
|6||Salvarani||+ 38' 17"|
|7||Ferrys||+ 46' 51"|
|8||Mercier–BP–Hutchinson||+ 50' 21"|
|9||Televizier||+ 54' 51"|
|10||Ford France–Gitane–Dunlop||+ 1h 03' 52"|
|11||Flandria–Romeo||+ 1h 10' 43"|
|12||Solo–Superia||+ 1h 17' 08"|
|13||Margnat–Paloma–Inuri–Dunlop||+ 1h 31' 09"|
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