The history of the Tour de France

Year 1960


  • French team rider Henry Anglade, runner-up in 1959, picked up the yellow jersey early. But when Italy's Gastone Nencini and France's Roger Rivière grabbed a 14-minute advantage after being in a breakaway on the stage to Lorient, the race for the yellow jersey became a two-man race. And when Rivière crashed on the hilly stage from Millau to Avignon, Nencini no longer had to worry about who would win the Tour.

  • In the eyes of many, young French star Roger Rivière was primed to win the 1960 Tour. After breaking the world hour record, he would almost certainly take over Italy's Nencini in the time trials. And at the start of Stage 15 in Millau, Rivière confidently confirmed that he would have no trouble winning the Tour. But suddenly, everything changed. Rivière missed a turn on the descent of the Perjuret Pass and crashed into a ravine. He would never again ride a bicycle, and the career of one of French cycling's greatest talents came to an end.

  • The field stops at Colombey-les-deux-Eglises during the next-to-last stage, Besançon - Troyes, to salute the General De Gaulle, who shakes Nencini’s hand. Slowed down by a flat tire, Beuffeuil benefits from the stop and breaks away for good. Last rider: Berrendero (81th) at 3 h 58 min. 59 sec.

  • Rivière’s fall, in the Perjuret descent (Millau - Avignon stage), puts an end to his career, when he was the biggest favorite of the Tour. First transfer by train.

  • Fausto Coppi dies of Malaria; Federico Fellini directs "La Dolce Vita"; Jean-Luc Godard directs the landmark film of the French New Wave "A Bout de Souffle"; The existentialist French writer Albert Camus dies in a car accident; John F. Kennedy is elected president of the United States.

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