French rider is third winner of cycling's biggest race to have passed away in the past three months...

Roger Pingeon, the winner of the 1967 Tour de France and 1969 Vuelta a Espana, has died at the age of 76.

He is the third winner of the Tour de France to have died in the past three months.

In December, 1950 champion Ferdinand Kübler  from Switzerland passed away aged 97.

> Tour de France champ Ferdi Kubler dies

He was succeeded as the oldest surviving Tour de France winner by France’s Roger Walkowiak, who died aged 89 in February.

> Roger Walwowiak, shock winner of 1956 Tour de France, passes away

From 1966 until 1972, Pingeon rode for the Peugeot-BP Michelin team, where he was a team mate of the late Tommy Simpson.

The pair were rivals, however, at the 1967 edition of the Tour de France, when organisers reintroduced national teams.

In that race 50 years ago, Pingeon represented France, while Simpson, who collapsed and died on the slopes of Mont Ventoux on Stage 13, was riding for the Great Britain team.

Besides his Tour de France victory, Pingeon also topped the General Classification at the Vuelta a Espana in 1969.

Of the 59 men to have won the General Classifiction of the Tour de France, 21 are still alive – currently, the oldest surviving champion is Spanish rider Federico Bahamontes, winner in 1959 and now aged 88.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


esnifador [53 posts] 10 months ago

Sorry to hear that, although perversely I also found it rather heartening to read that Kubler lived to such a ripe old age and that Bahamontes is still with us. They were all involved in some timeless events in Tour history, even if the 1967 Tour is arguably more remembered for Tom Simpson than the winner of the race.

Just for the Massive Fun Factor, I tried to name all the 21 surviving champs, but on checking it looks like 23 former winners  (and not including any Texans) are actually still going, so there's some more good news.