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1966 Tour de France

June 21 - July 14

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

1965 Tour | 1967 Tour | Tour de France database | Quick Facts | Final GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1966 Tour de France |

Quick 1966 Tour Facts:

4,303 km raced at an average speed of 36.76 km/hr. 130 starters with 82 classified finishers.

This was the first Tour with dope tests and the riders' resistance to the change provoked a temporary racer's strike.

By fixing his attention on Jacques Anquetil while break of good riders went off the front in stage 10, Poulidor lost any hope of winning. Anquetil helped teammate Lucien Aimar win by helping him execute an escape in stage 17.

1966 Tour de France final complete General Classification:

  1. Lucien Aimar (Ford-France) 117hr 34min 21sec
  2. Jan Janssen (Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune) @ 1min 7sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP) @ 2min 2sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene (KAS) @ 5min 19sec
  5. Marcello Mugnaini (Filotex) @ 5min 27sec
  6. Herman Van Springel (Mann-Grundig) @ 5min 44sec
  7. Francisco Gabica (KAS) @ 6min 25sec
  8. Roger Pingeon (Peugeot-BP) @ 8min 22sec
  9. Karl-Heinz Kunde (Peugeot-BP) @ 9min 8sec
  10. Martin Van den Bossche (Smith's) @ 9min 57sec
  11. Antonio Gomez del Moral (KAS) @ 10min 18sec
  12. Rudi Altig (Molteni) @ 11min 18sec
  13. Julio Jiménez (Ford-France) @ 11min 18sec
  14. Valentin Uriona (KAS) @ 11min 59sec
  15. Juaquin Galera (KAS) @ 13min 2sec
  16. Josef Huysmans (Mann-Grundig) @ 14min 39sec
  17. Franco Bitossi (Filotex) @ 16min 35sec
  18. Domingo Perurena (Fagor) @ 17min 29sec
  19. Willy Monty (Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune) @ 18min 23sec
  20. Mariano Diaz (Fagor) @ 19min 58sec
  21. Raymond Delisle (Peugeot-BP) @ 22min 17sec
  22. Esteban Martin (Fagor) @ 22min 59sec
  23. André Zimmermann (Peugeot-BP) @ 24min 45sec
  24. Aurelio Gonzalez (KAS) @ 26min 2sec
  25. Carlos Echevarria (KAS) @ 26min 47sec
  26. Luis Otano (Fagor) @ 28min 31sec
  27. Armand Desmet (Solo-Superia) @ 28min 42sec
  28. Gines Garcia (Fagor) @ 30min 11sec
  29. Luis-Pedro Santamaria (Fagor) @ 30mn 50sec
  30. Georges Groussard (Pelforth) @ 31min 54sec
  31. Sebastian Elorza (KAS) @ 32min 32sec
  32. Ferdinand Bracke (Peugeot-BP) @ 33min 54sec
  33. Frans Brands (Smith's) @ 34min 35sec
  34. Edy Schutz (Smith's) @ 34min 56sec
  35. Johnny Schleck (Pelforth) @ 35min 30sec
  36. Cees Haast (Televizier) @ 36min 4sec
  37. Gregorio San Miguel (KAS) @ 38min 13sec
  38. Edward Sels (Solo-Superia) @ 39min 50sec
  39. Rolf Wolfshohl (Mercier-BP) @ 41min 28sec
  40. Willy Planckaert (Smith's) @ 42min 12sec
  41. José-Manuel Lopez Rodriguez (Fagor) @ 42min 24sec
  42. Giuseppe Fezzardi (Molteni) @ 44min 44sec
  43. André Foucher (Pelforth) @ 48min 47sec
  44. Ugo Colombo (Filotez) @ 49min 35sec
  45. Arie Den Hartog (Ford-France) @ 49min 43sec
  46. Gerben Karstens (Televizier) @ 50min 13sec
  47. Louis Rostollan (Kamome-Dilecta) @ 50min 17sec
  48. Jesus Aranzabal (Fagor) @ 52min 32sec
  49. Ramon Mendiburu (Fagor) @ 53min 3sec
  50. Raymond Mastrotto (Kamome-Dilecta) @ 53min 21sec
  51. Henri Duez (Peugeot-BP) @ 54min 36sec
  52. André Messelis (Mann-Grundig) @ 56min 43sec
  53. Guido Reybrouck (Smith's) @ 57min 44sec
  54. Christian Raymond (Peugeot-BP) @ 59min 53sec
  55. Maurice Izier (Pelforth) @ 1hr 0min 0sec
  56. José-Maria Errandonea (Fagor) @ 1hr 1min 26sec
  57. Désiré Letort (Peugeot-BP) @ 1hr 3min 21sec
  58. Edouard Delberghe (Pelforth) @ 1hr 5min 54sec
  59. Maurice Benet (Kamome-Dilecta) @ 1hr 6min 26sec
  60. Georges Vandenberghe (Smith's) @ 1hr 6min 27sec
  61. Jean Stablinski (Ford-France) @ 1hr 9min 6sec
  62. André Darrigade (Kamome-Dilecta) @ 1hr 10min 42sec
  63. Roger Swerts (Mercier-BP) 2 1hr 12min 2sec
  64. Hubertus Zilverberg (Televizier) @ 1hr 14min 8sec
  65. Herman Vrancken (Mann-Grundig) @ 1hr 14min 13sec
  66. Michel Grain (Ford-France) @ 1hr 16min 36sec
  67. Jean Monteyne (Solo-Superia) @ 1hr 16min 54sec
  68. Rik Wouters (Televizier) @ 1hr 23min 13sec
  69. Albertus Geldermans (Molteni) @ 1hr 25min 23sec
  70. Walter Boucquet (Mann-Grundig) @ 1hr 25min 31sec
  71. Pierre Beuffeuil (Kamome-Dilecta) @ 1hr 25min 39sec
  72. Victor Van Schil (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 27min 42sec
  73. Henk Nijdam (Televizier) @ 1hr 28min 20sec
  74. Willy In't Ven (Mann-Grundig) @ 1hr 31min 27sec
  75. Jos Van Der Cleuten (Televizier) @ 1hr 31min 44sec
  76. Henri Dewolf (Solo-Superia) @ 1hr 33min 29sec
  77. Guido Neri (Molteni) @ 1hr 38min 10sec
  78. Gilbert Bellone (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 38min 28sec
  79. Jean Milesi (Ford-France) @ 1hr 45min 43sec
  80. Robert Cazala (Mercier-BP) @ 1hr 54min 16sec
  81. Yvo Molenaers (Smith's) @ 1hr 59min 45sec
  82. Paolo Mannucci (Filotex) @ 2hr 5min 26sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Julio Jiménez (Ford-France): 123 points
  2. Joaquin Galera (KAS): 98
  3. Aurelio Gonzalez (KAS): 51
  4. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP): 49
  5. Franco Bitossi (Filotex): 48
  6. Edy Schutz (Smith's): 47
  7. Martin Van Den Bossche (Smith's): 34
  8. Gregorio San Miguel (KAS): 34
  9. Roger Pingeon (Peugeot-BP): 26
  10. Mariano Diaz (Fagor): 25

Points Competition:

  1. Willy Planckaert (Smith's): 211 points
  2. Gerben Karstens (Televizier-Batavus): 189
  3. Edward Sels (Solo-Superia): 178
  4. Jan Janssen (Pelforth): 144
  5. Guido Reybrouck (Smith's): 119
  6. Georges Vandenberghe (Smith's): 112
  7. Rudi Altig (Molteni): 101
  8. Joseph Huysmans (Mann-Grundig): 100
  9. Walter Moucquet (Mann-Grundig): 82
  10. Henk Nijdam (Televizier-Batavus): 71

Team Classification:

  1. KAS: 355hr 2min 45sec
  2. Ford-France @ 17min 32sec
  3. Peugeot-BP @ 19min 4sec
  4. Fagor @ 26min 30sec
  5. Pelforth @ 37min 21sec
  6. Smith's @ 55min 3sec
  7. Filotex @ 58min 35sec
  8. Mann-Grundig @ 58min 54sec
  9. Molteni @ 1hr 1min 37sec
  10. Mercier-BP @ 1hr 12min 9sec
  11. Televizier-Batavus @ 1hr 38min 37sec
  12. Solo-Superia @ 1hr 56min 54sec
  13. Kamome-Dilecta @ 2hr 13min 4sec

Stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Tuesday, June 21, Nancy - Charleville, 208.5 km

  1. Rudi Altig: 4hr 52min 56sec
  2. Willy Planckaert @ 47sec
  3. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  4. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  5. Jo De Roo s.t.
  6. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  7. Georges Vanconingsloo
  8. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  9. Jan Janssen s.t.
  10. Herman Van Springel s.t.

GC after Stage 1: Same as stage times and placings

Stage 2: Wednesday, June 22, Charleville - Tournai, 198 km

  1. Guido Reybrouck: 4hr 46min 21sec
  2. Jan Janssen s.t.
  3. Edward Sels s.t.
  4. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  5. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  6. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  7. Walter Boucquet @ 7sec
  8. Frans Brands @ 8sec
  9. Willy Planckaert @ 8sec
  10. Josef Huysmans s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Rudi Altig: 9hr 39min 28sec
  2. Guido Reybrouck @ 36sec
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Edward Sels s.t.
  5. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  6. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  7. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  8. Walter Boucquet @ 43sec
  9. Frans Brands @ 44sec
  10. Willy Planckaert @ 47sec

Stage 3A: Thursday, June 23, Tournai 20.8 km Team Time Trial

The first 5 rider's times for each team were added up to calculate the stage time. This stage did not affect the individual GCs.

  1. Televizier: 1hr 19min 30sec
  2. Smiths @ 15sec
  3. Pelforth-Sauvage-Lejeune @ 21sec
  4. Mann-Grundig @ 1min 45sec
  5. Solo-Superia @ 2min 45sec
  6. KAS-Kaskol @ 3min 40sec
  7. Ford France @ 3min 55sec
  8. Molteni-Hutchinson @ 4min 20sec
  9. Fagor @ 5min
  10. Mercier @ 5min 55sec
  11. Filotex-Fiorelli @ 7min
  12. Kamome-Dilecta-Dunlop @ 8min 30sec
  13. Peugeot-BP @ 9min 40sec

Stage 3B: Thursday, June 23, Tournai - Dunkerque, 131.5 km

  1. Gerben Karstens: 3hr 26min 46sec
  2. Jozef Boons s.t.
  3. Willy Planckaert @ 1sec
  4. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  5. Edward Sels s.t.
  6. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  7. Jo De Roo s.t.
  8. Josef Huysmans s.t.
  9. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  10. Georges Vanconingsloo s.t.

GC after Stage 3B:

  1. Rudi Altig: 13hr 6min 15sec
  2. Edward Sels @ 36sec
  3. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  4. Jan Janssen s.t.
  5. Arie De Hartog s.t.
  6. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  7. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  8. Walter Boucquet @ 43sec
  9. Frans Brands @ 44sec
  10. Gerben Karstens @ 46sec

Stage 4: Friday, June 24, Dunkerque - Dieppe, 205 km

  1. Willy Planckaert: 5h 58min 45sec
  2. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  3. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  4. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  5. Martin Van den Bossche s.t.
  6. Willy Vannitsen s.t.
  7. Herman Vrancken s.t.
  8. Jo De Roo s.t.
  9. Jan Janssen s.t.
  10. Josef Huysmans s.t.

GC after stage 4:

  1. Rudi Altig: 19hr 5min
  2. Guido Reybrouck @ 36sec
  3. Edward Sels s.t.
  4. Jan Janssen s.t.
  5. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  6. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  7. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  8. Walter Boucquet @ 43sec
  9. Frans Brands @ 44sec
  10. Gerben Karstens @ 46sec

Stage 5: Saturday, June 25, Dieppe - Caen, 178.5 km

  1. Franco Bitossi: 4hr 55min 50sec
  2. Edward Sels @ 1sec
  3. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  4. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  5. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  6. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  7. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  8. Jan Janssen s.t.
  9. Georges Vanconingsloo s.t.
  10. Josef Huysmans s.t.

GC after stage 5:

  1. Rudi Altig: 24hr 51sec
  2. Guido Reybrouck @ 36sec
  3. Edward Sels s.t.
  4. Jan Janssen s.t.
  5. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  6. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  7. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  8. Frans Brands @ 44sec
  9. Gerben Karstens @ 46sec
  10. Willy Planckaert @ 47sec

Stage 6: Sunday, June 26, Caen - Angers, 216.5 km

  1. Edward Sels: 5hr 21min 43sec
  2. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  3. Jozef Huysmans s.t.
  4. Walter Boucquet s.t.
  5. Jos Van der Vleuten s.t.
  6. Jan Janssen s.t.
  7. Hubertus Zilverberg s.t.
  8. Herman Vrancken s.t.
  9. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  10. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.

GC after stage 6:

  1. Rudi Altig: 29hr 22min 34sec
  2. Edward Sels @ 36sec
  3. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  4. Jan Janssen s.t.
  5. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  6. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  7. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  8. Frans Brands s.t.
  9. Gerben Karstens @ 46sec
  10. Willy Planckaert @ 47sec

Stage 7: Monday, June 27, Angers - Royan, 252.5 km

  1. Albert Van Vlierberghe: 7hr 11min 21sec
  2. Walter Boucquet s.t.
  3. Jos Van der Vleuten s.t.
  4. Rudi Altig s.t.
  5. Willy Planckaert @ 16sec
  6. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  7. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  8. Edward Sels s.t.
  9. Guido Neri s.t.
  10. Roger Swerts s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Rudi Altig: 36hr 33min 55sec
  2. Albert Van Vlierberghe @ 47sec
  3. Edward Sels @ 54sec
  4. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  5. Jan Janssen s.t.
  6. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  7. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  8. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  9. Frans Brands @ 1min
  10. Gerben Karstens @ 1min 2sec

Stage 8: Tuesday, June 28, Royan - Bordeaux, 137.5 km

  1. Willy Planckaert: 2hr 58min 26sec
  2. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  5. Edward Sels s.t.
  6. Jo De Roo s.t.
  7. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  8. Michel Grain s.t.
  9. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  10. Maurice Benet s.t.

GC after stage 8:

  1. Rudi Altig: 39hr 32min 21sec
  2. Albert Van Vleirberghe @ 47sec
  3. Edward Sels @ 52sec
  4. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  5. Jan Janssen s.t.
  6. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  7. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  8. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  9. Frans Brands @ 1min
  10. Gerben Karstens @ 1min 2sec

Stage 9: Wednesday, June 29, Bordeaux - Bayonne, 201 km

  1. Gerben Karstens: 5hr 15min 58sec
  2. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  3. Jan Janssen s.t.
  4. Rik Van Looy s.t.
  5. Edward Sels s.t.
  6. Michel Grain s.t.
  7. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  8. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  9. Johnny Schleck s.t.
  10. Pierre Beuffeuil s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Rudi Altig: 44hr 48min 19sec
  2. Albert Van Vlierberghe @ 47sec
  3. Edward Sels @ 52sec
  4. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  5. Jan Janssen s.t.
  6. Hubertus Harings s.t.
  7. Tommaso De Pra s.t.
  8. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  9. Frans Brands @ 1min
  10. Gerben Karstens @ 1min 20sec

Stage 10: Thursday, June 30, Bayonne - Pau, 234.5 km

Major ascent: Aubisque

  1. Tommaso De Pra: 6hr 37min
  2. Willy In't Ven @ 1sec
  3. Jan Janssen @ 2min 3sec
  4. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  5. Cees Haast s.t.
  6. José-Antonio Momene s.t.
  7. Josef Huysmans s.t.
  8. Henri De Wolf s.t.
  9. Marcello Mugnaini s.t.
  10. Lucien Aimar s.t.

GC after stage 10:

  1. Tomasso De Pra: 51hr 26min 11sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 2min 3sec
  3. Josef Huysmans @ 2min 14sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene s.t.
  5. Jean-Claude Lebaube s.t.
  6. Karl-Heinz Kunde s.t.
  7. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  8. Guido De Rosso s.t.
  9. Henri De Wolf @ 2min 59sec
  10. Domingo Perurena @ 3min 21sec

Stage 11: Friday, July 1, Pau - Luchon, 188 km

Major ascents: Ares, Mente, Portillon

  1. Marcello Mugnaini: 5hr 54min 42sec
  2. Rudi Altig @ 48sec
  3. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  4. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 50sec
  5. Karl-Heinz Kunde s.t.
  6. Luis-Pedro Santamarina s.t.
  7. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  8. André Zimmermann s.t.
  9. Francisco Gabica s.t.
  10. Ferdi Bracke s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Jean-Claude Lebaube: 57hr 23min 57sec
  2. Karl-Heinz Kunde s.t.
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 17sec
  4. Jan Janssen @ 1min 6sec
  5. Lucien Aimar @ 1min 56sec
  6. Raymond Delisle @ 2min 24sec
  7. Guido De Rosso @ 2min 34sec
  8. José-Antonio Momene @ 3min 28sec
  9. Tommaso De Pra @ 3min 54sec
  10. Domingo Perurena @ 4min 35sec

Stage 12: Sunday, July 3, Luchon - Revel, 218.5 km

Major ascents: Ares, Portet d'Aspet

  1. Rudi Altig: 6hr 32min 15sec
  2. Tom Simpson @ 1sec
  3. Jozef Spruyt @ 2sec
  4. Michel Grain @ 4sec
  5. Edward Sels @ 5sec
  6. Jan Janssen s.t.
  7. Armand Desmet s.t.
  8. Georges Vendenberghe s.t.
  9. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  10. Josef Huysmans s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Karl-Heinz Kunde: 63hr 56min 17sec
  2. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 27sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 44sec
  4. Jan Janssen @ 1min 6sec
  5. Lucien Aimar @ 1min 56sec
  6. Raymond Delisle @ 2min 24sec
  7. Guido De Rosso @ 2min 34sec
  8. José-Antonio Momene @ 3min 28sec
  9. Tommaso De Pra @ 3min 54sec
  10. Cees Haast @ 4min 35sec

Stage 13: Monday, July 4, Revel - Sète, 191.5 km

  1. Georges Vandenberghe: 5hr 46min 20sec
  2. Tom Simpson s.t.
  3. Guido DeRosso s.t.
  4. Willy Planckaert @ 19sec
  5. Georges Vanconingsloo s.t.
  6. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  7. Edward Sels s.t.
  8. Maurice Benet s.t.
  9. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  10. Gerben Karstens s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Karl-Heinz Kunde: 69hr 42min 56sec
  2. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 27sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 44sec
  4. Jan Janssen @ 1min 6sec
  5. Lucien Aimar @ 1min 56sec
  6. Guido De Rosso @ 2min 15sec
  7. Raymond Delisle @ 2min 24sec
  8. José-Antonio Momene @ 3min 28sec
  9. Tommaso De Pra @ 3min 54sec
  10. Cees Haast @ 4min 35sec

Stage 14A: Tuesday, July 5, Montpellier - Vals les Bains, 144 km

  1. Jo De Roo: 3hr 23min 54sec
  2. Lucien Aimar @ 4sec
  3. Maurice Benet s.t.
  4. Jozef Spruyt @ 7sec
  5. Guido Carlesi s.t.
  6. Arie Den Hartog s.t.
  7. Henri De Wolf @ 15sec
  8. Georges Groussard s.t.
  9. Ferdi Bracke @ 18sec
  10. Willy Monty @ 22sec

GC after Stage 14A:

  1. Karl-Heinz Kunde: 73hr 7min 14sec
  2. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 27sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 44sec
  4. Jan Janssen @ 1mn 6sec
  5. Lucien Aimar @ 1min 36sec
  6. Guido De Rosso @ 2min 15sec
  7. Raymond Delisle @ 2min 24sec
  8. José-Antonio Momene @ 3min 28sec
  9. Tommaso De pra @ 3min 54sec
  10. Cees Haast @ 4min 35sec

Stage 14B: Tuesday, July 5, Val des Bains 20 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Raymond Poulidor: 28min 26sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 7sec
  3. Rudi Altig @ 29sec
  4. Rolf Wolfshohl @ 33sec
  5. Tom Simpson @ 40sec
  6. José-Maria Errandonea s.t.
  7. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  8. Antonio Gomez del Moral @ 46sec
  9. Lucien Aimar @ 47sec
  10. Francisco Gabica @ 49sec

GC after stage 14B:

  1. Karl-Heinz-Kunde: 73hr 37min 11sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 32sec
  3. Lucien Aimar @ 52sec
  4. Marcello Mugnaini @ 1min 16sec
  5. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 1min 28sec
  6. Guido De Rosso @ 2min 30sec
  7. Raymond Delisle @ 2min 46sec
  8. José-Antonio Momene @ 3min 7sec
  9. Tommaso De Pra @ 4min 33sec
  10. Cees Haast @ 4min 37sec

Stage 15: Wednesday, July 6, Privas - Bourg d'Oisans, 203.5 km

Major ascent: Ornon

  1. Luis Otano: 5hr 46min 50sec
  2. Joaquim Galera @ 2min 34sec
  3. Julio Jimenez s.t.
  4. Roger Pingeon @ 2min 39sec
  5. Guido Reybrouck @ 2min 54sec
  6. Edward Sels @ 3min 15sec
  7. Francisco Gabica @ 3min 22sec
  8. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  9. Valentin Uriona @ 3min 24sec
  10. Jan Janssen @ 3min 53sec

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Karl-Heinz Kunde: 79hr 27min 55sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 31sec
  3. Lucien Aimar @ 58sec
  4. Marcello Mugnaini @ 2min 19sec
  5. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 2min 31sec
  6. José-Antonio Momene @ 3min 13sec
  7. Guido De Rosso @ 3min 33sec
  8. Raymond Delisle @ 3min 49sec
  9. Cees Haast @ 4min 52sec
  10. Raymond Poulidor @ 5min 12sec

Stage 16: Thursday, July 7, Bourg d'Oisans - Briançon, 148.5 km

Major ascents: Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier

  1. Julio Jimenez: 4hr 41min 59sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 2min 25sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor s.t.
  4. Josef Huysmans @ 2min 27sec
  5. Herman Van Springel @ 3min 11sec
  6. Joaquim Galera @ 3min 28sec
  7. Willy Planckaert @ 3min 31sec
  8. Roger Pingeon s.t.
  9. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  10. Jan Janssen s.t.

GC after stage 16:

  1. Jan Janssen: 84hr 13min 55sec
  2. Lucien Aimar @ 27sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 1min 48sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene @ 2min 42sec
  5. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 3min 15sec
  6. Raymond Poulidor @ 3min 36sec
  7. Jacques Anquetil @ 4min 44sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 5min 30sec
  9. Roger Pingeon @ 7min 28sec
  10. Martin Van den Bossche @ 7min 32sec

Stage 17: Friday, July 8, Briançon - Torino, 160 km

Major ascents: Montgenèvre, Sestriere

  1. Franco Bitossi: 4hr 3min
  2. Antonio Gomez del Moral s.t.
  3. Giuseppe Fezzardi s.t.
  4. Rolf Wolfshohl s.t.
  5. Herman Van Springel @ 7sec
  6. Frans Brands @ 1min 40sec
  7. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  8. Lucien Aimar s.t.
  9. Willy Planckaert @ 3min 42sec
  10. Henk Nijdam s.t.

GC after stage 17:

  1. Lucien Aimar: 88hr 19min 2sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 35sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3min 23sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene @ 4min 17sec
  5. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 4min 50sec
  6. Raymond Poulidor @ 5min 11sec
  7. Herman Van Springel @ 6min 11sec
  8. Jacques Anquetil @ 6min 19sec
  9. Francisco Gabica @ 7min 5sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 9min 3sec

Stage 18: Sunday, July 10, Ivrea - Chamonix, 188 km

Major ascents: Grand St. Bernard, Forclaz, Montets

  1. Edy Schutz: 5hr 55min 46sec
  2. Raymond Poulidor @ 1sec
  3. Jan Janssen @ 50sec
  4. Herman Van Springel s.t.
  5. Martin Van den Bossche s.t.
  6. Josef Huysmans s.t.
  7. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  8. José-Antonio Momene s.t.
  9. Aurelio Gonzalez s.t.
  10. Lucien Aimar s.t.

GC after stage 18:

  1. Lucien Aimar: 94hr 15min 38sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 35sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3min 23sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene @ 4min 17sec
  5. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 22sec
  6. Karl-Heinz-Kunde @ 4min 50sec
  7. Herman Van Springel @ 6min 11sec
  8. Jacques Anquetil @ 6min 19sec
  9. Francisco Gabica @ 7min 5sec
  10. Roger Pingeon @ 9min 3sec

Stage 19: Monday, July 11, Chamonix - St. Etienne, 264.5 km

Major ascent: Grand Bois

  1. Ferdi Bracke: 7hr 7min 50sec
  2. Edy Schutz @ 51sec
  3. Esteban Martin @ 52sec
  4. Aurelio Gonzalez @ 54sec
  5. Domingo Perurena @ 1min 2sec
  6. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  7. Herman Van Springel s.t.
  8. Franco Bitossi s.t.
  9. Willy Monty s.t.
  10. Gines Garcia s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Lucien Aimar: 101hr 24min 30sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 35sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3min 23sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene @ 4min 17sec
  5. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 22sec
  6. Karl-Heinz-Kunde @ 4min 50sec
  7. Herman Van Springel @ 6min 11sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 7min 5sec
  9. Roger Pingeon @ 9min 3sec
  10. Martin Van den Bossche @ 9min 7sec

Stage 20: Tuesday, July 12, St. Etienne - Montluçon, 223.5 km

  1. Henk Nijdam: 5hr 57min 44sec
  2. Walter Boucquet @ 1sec
  3. Gines Garcia @ 2sec
  4. Valentin Uriona @ 4sec
  5. Gerben Karstens @ 53sec
  6. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  7. Guido Reybrouck s.t.
  8. Herman Van Springel s.t.
  9. Edward Sels s.t.
  10. Josef Huysmans s.t.

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Lucien Aimar: 107hr 23min 7sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 35sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3min 23sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene @ 4min 17sec
  5. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 22sec
  6. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 4min 50sec
  7. Herman Van Springel @ 6min 11sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 7min 5sec
  9. Roger Pingeon @ 9min 3sec
  10. Martin Van den Bossche @ 9min 7sec

Stage 21: Wednesday, July 13, Montluçon - Orléans, 232.5 km

  1. Pierre Beuffeuil: 6hr 6min 9sec
  2. Jos Van Der Vleuten @ 3min 15sec
  3. Georges Vandenberghe @ 4min 13sec
  4. Walter Boucquet @ 4min 14sec
  5. Sebastian Elorza s.t.
  6. Yvo Molenaers s.t.
  7. Victor Van Schil s.t.
  8. Gerben Karstens @ 4min 18sec
  9. Edward Sels s.t.
  10. Willy Planckaert s.t.

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Lucien Aimar: 113hr 33min 34sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 35sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3min 23sec
  4. José-Antonio Memene @ 4min 17sec
  5. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 22sec
  6. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 4min 50sec
  7. Herman Van Springel @ 6min 11sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 7min 5sec
  9. Roger Pingeon @ 9min 3sec
  10. Martin Van den Bossche @ 9min 7sec

Stage 22A: Thursday, July 14, Orléans - Rambouillet, 111 km

  1. Edward Sels 2hr 50min 58sec
  2. Gerben Karstens s.t.
  3. Henk Nijdam s.t.
  4. Georges Vandenberghe s.t.
  5. Willy Planckaert s.t.
  6. Frans Brands s.t.
  7. Michel Grain s.t.
  8. Rik Wouters s.t.
  9. Herman Vrancken s.t.
  10. Christian Raymond s.t.

GC after Stage 22A:

  1. Lucien Aimar: 116hr 24min 32sec
  2. Jan Janssen @ 1min 35sec
  3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3min 23sec
  4. José-Antonio Momene @ 4min 17sec
  5. Raymond Poulidor @ 4min 22sec
  6. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 4min 50sec
  7. Herman Van Springel @ 6min 11sec
  8. Francisco Gabica @ 7min 5sec
  9. Roger Pingeon @ 9min 3sec
  10. Martin Van den Bossche @ 9min 7sec

Stage 22B (Final Stage): Thursday, July 14, Rambouillet - Paris 51.3 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Rudi Altig: 1hr 6min 48sec
  2. Ferdi Bracke @ 7sec
  3. Raymond Poulidor @ 41sec
  4. Luis Otano @ 1min 29sec
  5. Gerben Karstens @ 1min 50sec
  6. José-Maria Errandonea @ 2min 14sec
  7. Domingo Perurena s.t.
  8. Roger Pingeon @ 2min 20sec
  9. Francisco Gabica @ 2min 21sec
  10. Carlos Echevarria @ 2min 23sec

Final Complete 1966 Tour de France General Classification

The Story of the 1966 Tour de France:

This excerpt is from "The Story of the Tour de France", Volume 2. If you enjoy it we hope you will consider purchasing the book, either print or electronic. The Amazon link here will make either purchase easy.

The 1966 Tour was a 4,329-kilometer counter-clockwise affair that made 2 passes through the Massif Central. The first one was after the Pyrenees, and then after the Alps the riders had to suffer through the hilly terrrain before an almost due north shot up to Paris. There were 2 individual time trials totaling 71.3 kilometers, normal in this era, plus a 20.8-kilometer team time trial.

Cycling was starting to grapple with a problem that had been part of the culture of racing almost from the very start of the sport: doping. The first races in the 19th Century were staggeringly long affairs that tested the limits of human endurance. Stages in the early Tour could take over 17 hours to complete. From the beginning riders took various substances to allow them to complete their ordeals. When the Pélissier brothers withdrew from the 1924 Tour and gave their famous interview to Albert Londres they described the long list of drugs they took. "We run on dynamite," Henri Pélissier said.

As the years progressed nothing changed except the brand of dynamite. Just before World War Two amphetamines were synthesized and athletes immediately understood the advantage they gave. Through the fifties the evidence that bike racers were doping was obvious to most observers. There were pictures of racers with dried foam on their faces or of riders driven mad by a combination of heat and amphetamines stopping in the middle of a race to find relief in a fountain. Because a writer can't make an outright accusation of doping without having a positive test to back him up, and testing was not instituted until the mid-1960s, journalists would use a shorthand that was designed to hint at a rider's possible drug use. The cycling literature of the age abounds with references to "fleck-stained mouths" and faces covered with dried foaming spit. Sometimes racers would ride until they slowed and fell off their bikes, their body's safety mechanisms overridden by the dope. After riding until he collapsed Jean Malléjac lay on the ground still strapped to his bike, his legs convulsively pumping the pedals. Others would remount their bikes and go the wrong way. Sometimes one could almost follow the route of a race by the trail of syringes left by the side of the road. Roger Rivière crashed in 1960 because he had taken so much of the opiate Palfium to kill the pain in his legs that he couldn't feel the brake levers. Bahamontes said that he loved a good hot day in the mountains because the riders juiced up on amphetamines couldn't take the heat.

Marcel Bidot, the French Team manager during the 1950's, thought that three-quarters of the peloton was doped. The result of this long history of drug use by professional riders is that doping became part of the DNA of the peloton. It wasn't something that was used by just a few under extraordinary circumstances. Both Coppi and Anquetil were remarkably frank and open about their regular use of drugs. These men were professionals and they knew that these substances helped them go faster, longer, or at the very least killed the pain and reduced the suffering that the sport brought to the body. The racers felt that they had a right, a license that went above and beyond whatever rules the cycling federations may promulgate to prevent the use of these substances. When drug testing began, and still to this day, the vast majority of racers saw nothing wrong with using drugs and evading tests. It's just part of the job. If this were not true the modern code of silence about their use by riders would not be so complete. And the Mafia-like omerta is so powerful it keeps the riders silent about the subject even after they have retired. For more about the history of doping in cycling I highly recommend The Crooked Path to Victory by Les Woodland.

Knowing that something had to be done to control the completely out of hand drug situation, the Belgian federation started drug testing in 1965. Also in 1965, after Tour doctor Pierre Dumas had done extensive research on the subject, France passed a law against doping in sport. Racers in Belgium had been subjected to searches and tests in 1965 and French riders could see that these new rules would come to no good as far as they were concerned.

Jacques Anquetil, after sitting out the 1965 Tour, decided to give it another shot after all. Ill, neither Gimondi nor Adorni came. Only 2 Italian teams were entered, Filotex with Franco Bitossi and Molteni with Rudi Altig, Tommaso Da Pra and Albertus Geldermans. It was said that the Italian reluctance to ride the Tour was caused by the new French anti-doping laws.

The relationship between Anquetil and Poulidor had actually deteriorated during the spring. Poulidor had been leading Paris-Nice for 2 stages but unlike Anquetil, he failed to get in the winning break of the final stage. Anquetil won the stage and the overall race, relegating Poulidor to second place by 47 seconds. Poulidor was bitter and accused Anquetil of working with other teams to win. This is a strange accusation to render by an experienced pro as this happens every day in every race. The effect of Poulidor's public complaints was to deepen the acrimony between the two.

On the surface the Tour appeared to be a Poulidor-Anquetil fight. But Raphaël Géminiani, the director of the Ford-France team, planned to use a man he considered to be extremely talented but hugely underestimated. Lucien Aimar had been the team's hope for the 1965 Tour but the young pro had to abandon on the infamous hot ninth stage. Before the start of the 1966 Tour Géminiani told Anquetil that if he had not soundly defeated Poulidor by the start of the climbing Aimar would be the designated team leader.

Both men had formidable claims to being the top contender. Anquetil had won Paris–Nice as well as Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He came in third in the Giro. There he showed a rare vulnerability in an individual time trial when Vittorio Adorni beat him by 27 seconds.

Poulidor came in second in that Paris-Nice and won the Dauphiné Libéré and the Critérium National.

The account between Poulidor and Anquetil was opened on the second stage when Poulidor crashed and Anquetil attacked. Poulidor was forced to chase hard. He was able to rejoin but he was fuming. Again he publicly complained. Anquetil didn't care and called Poulidor a cry-baby.

Rudi Altig won the first stage. As the Tour circled across northern France and then headed south through Bordeaux, Altig kept a slim lead of just about a minute. At the end of stage 9, with the climbing in the Pyrenees to begin the next day, the General Classification stood thus:

1. Rudi Altig
2. Albert van Vlierberghe @ 47 seconds
3. Edward Sels @ 52 seconds
4. Guido Reybroeck @ same time
5. Jan Janssen @ same time

It had been rumored in the peloton that there would be a drug raid by the police at some point during the Tour. The racers' intelligence further said that the place and time would be after stage 8 in Bordeaux, before the Pyrenees. As it was predicted, so it came to pass. Since the riders were expecting the police they made sure they weren't in their hotel rooms when the inspectors arrived. Almost all of them, that is. Poulidor, apparently unaware of the impending raid, was walking down the corridor of his hotel and was stopped by several officers who had him give a urine sample. Poulidor noted at the time that there were problems that rendered the whole affair dubious. There was no system for guaranteeing the chain of custody or for making sure that the sample would remain uncontaminated. Further, the rider could not really know that the sample that was attributed to him when it was tested was indeed his. Eventually Altig and several others were found and gave samples. A couple of the riders who were met by the police simply refused to give specimens.

The reaction of the riders was intense. As the racers felt that doping was a necessary part of their profession, almost an entitlement, they were deeply angered over this new intrusion. Led by Anquetil they staged a strike by riding their bikes for 5 kilometers then dismounting and walking, arguing with the officials before resuming the race.

Altig still had the Yellow Jersey, a fact that did not displease the major contenders. He was not going to be able to keep the lead once the major climbing started but until then his Molteni team controlled the race and kept things in order, saving the other riders from expending energy.

Stage 10, the day after the strike, was the first Pyreneen stage with the Soulor and the Aubisque climbs, ending in Pau.

The facts of the stage are strange. It should have been an aggressive, hard-fought day since the race was still tight, with 41 riders within 2 minutes of Altig in the General Classification. Early on 9 riders escaped, including domestiques of both Anquetil and Poulidor plus one of Altig's teammates, Tommasso Da Pra. After a bit more than 100 kilometers of the stage had been ridden, another 26 riders escaped in various small sorties, including Anquetil's teammate, Lucien Aimar. Meanwhile the big names, Anquetil, Poulidor, Simpson and the others stayed together showing no tendency to race hard or chase the breakaway riders. Da Pra won the stage and the Yellow Jersey, beating the field containing Anquetil and Poulidor by 9 minutes. A group of 20 had formed out of the various escaping waves of riders and they finished 7 minutes ahead of the Anquetil/Poulidor main pack. Among the 20 leaders were some very dangerous riders: Lucien Aimar, Jan Janssen and Raymond Delisle.

So why the go-slow when it is obvious that the top riders could have caught the lesser racers who just rode away? There are several interpretations, none is completely satisfactory. One is that this was a slow down to continue the protest against the dope testing. If that were so, the riders did not make their intentions clear.

Perhaps it is also true that Anquetil had no intention of riding the 1966 Tour to win. He was there to act as a spoiler, to make sure Poulidor did not win. With his teammate Aimar up the road he was fulfilling his mission and had no need to chase down his own man. And Poulidor? Again he mystified his manager Antonin Magne. Poulidor said he had only 3 teammates with him on the Aubisque and none of the other riders would go with him. In all probability his attention was transfixed to Anquetil and with Anquetil in sight, he saw no reason to do anything. For all intents and purposes the Tour for both men was over. They now had a deficit of 7 minutes on many superb contenders. Again Poulidor had, through a tactical lapse, given away the Tour. The day's racing drew only angry contempt from both the spectators and journalists.

Franco Bitossi, who was riding in the Anquetil/Poulidor group, talked to us about that stage. "Anquetil knew he could not win. Therefore he worked to control Poulidor, trying to keep him from catching Aimar. I think [Poulidor] underestimated the consequences that this break would have for the overall General Classification. Maybe he thought that Anquetil would chase Da Pra and he was waiting for a reaction from him. But Anquetil decided to help Aimar since he knew he didn't have any hope of winning the Tour that year."

The racing started in earnest the next day with a climb new to the Tour, the Col de Menté, sandwiched between the Ares and the Portillon. When Delisle and Pingeon attacked to chase an earlier break, Poulidor and Anquetil answered the call and raced after them. The speeds in the mountains that day were too much for a rider of Da Pra's class, costing him 7 minutes. Another fortunate rider in the previous day's break who could also stay with Poulidor and Anquetil this day, Jean-Claude Lebaube, was the new leader. But the contenders had been too complacent too long and the gap to the leading General Classification men was huge. Anquetil was sitting in fifteenth place, still over 7 minutes back.

Stage 11: Poulidor, marked by Anquetil (in Ford jersey), leads the best up the Portillion.

The final day in the Pyrenees, stage 12 with the Ares and Portet d'Aspet, cost Lebaube 30 seconds and the lead. Now a Peugeot rider, Karl-Heinz Kunde was the Yellow Jersey, the third leader in 3 days.

Here were the standings at this point:

1. Karl-Heinz Kunde
2. Jean-Claude Lebaube @ 27 seconds
3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 44 seconds
4. Jan Janssen @ 1 minute 6 seconds
5. Lucien Aimar @ 1 minute 56 seconds
6. Raymond Delisle @ 2 minutes 24 seconds

Both Aimar and Janssen had been vigilant and had made sure they were in all of the important moves as the Tour had progressed.

The stage 14b time trial gave Poulidor a small chance at redemption. He won the stage with Anquetil second, only 7 seconds behind. This lifted Poulidor to thirteenth place, still almost 6 minutes behind Kunde. But more interestingly, Aimar and Janssen had also turned in excellent rides. Janssen was now in second place at 32 seconds and Aimar was sitting in third, 52 seconds back.

The first alpine stage, number 15, had some climbing and showed how Poulidor and Anquetil viewed their relative positions. Poulidor took terrible chances descending in atrocious weather to try to gain some time on his rivals. Anquetil, having mentally conceded the race and seeing no reason to endanger his skin during what was probably his final Tour, let Poulidor go. Poulidor did take back a minute from Anquetil, but more importantly he was only able to get a half-minute closer to Aimar and Janssen.

Stage 16 with its crossings of the Croix de Fer, the Télégraphe and the Galibier promised hard racing. The top 9 places were still filled with the riders who escaped in stage 10. Bitossi says the action was hot almost from the gun, saying "Pronti, via!" [ready, go!] about the day's start. Kunde tried to join the front group but showed signs of tiredness early on. Joaquin Galera was first over the Croix de Fer with Bitossi and Julio Jimenez right behind him. After the top of the Croix de Fer a group of 15 formed with Bitossi, Aimar, Poulidor, Altig, Janssen and Anquetil constituting the main firepower.

Here's how Bitossi remembers it. "After the Croix de Fer, Simpson took off on the long descent. I stayed with the others [Anquetil, Poulidor, Pingeon, Janssen and Altig] and we found him later coming out of a ravine, a little bruised. But after a few curves he attacked again and Jimenez took off on the Télégraphe climb to catch him. Poulidor and Anquetil attacked later on the Galibier to catch them. I remember that they went incredibly fast. I remained behind and Mugnaini [a teammate high in the standings] was a little ahead. I caught Simpson just before the tunnel of the Galibier (that year we didn't climb all the way to the pass; instead we rode through the tunnel). I passed Simpson. He seemed tired but then, after a few curves on the descent he passed me again. He did 2 curves in front of me and then he crashed for a second time! I passed him once more and at the end of the curves, just before the finish he passed me again. There was a beautiful sun but I felt some drops hitting me. He was not drinking so it could not be water. He was very focused on speeding up on the descent! So I thought it was sweat. Then at the finish my masseur asked me if I had crashed...I was covered with blood! Simpson's blood... I still can't get that day out of my mind." One cannot read Bitossi's story of Simpson's descent without being struck by Simpson's almost manic riding and his indifference to the effects of 2 crashes. Nor can one escape the conclusion that Simpson was probably drugged that day. Jimenez won the stage, Anquetil followed 2 minutes, 25 seconds later with Poulidor right with him. By finishing second Anquetil denied Poulidor the second-place time bonus.

Stage 16: Again, it's Anquetil and Poulidor.

The racing was so hard that day that 27 riders were eliminated. Included in the list of racers who could not make the time cutoff were Rik van Looy, Tommasso Da Pra, Guido Carlesi and Vin Densen. Aimar and Janssen continued their upward march in the standings.

1. Jan Janssen
2. Lucien Aimar @ 27 seconds
3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 1 minute 48 seconds
4. Jose-Antonio Momene @ 2 minutes 42 seconds
5. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 3 minutes 15 seconds
6. Raymond Poulidor @ 3 minutes 36 seconds
7. Jacques Anquetil @ 4 minutes 44 seconds

Stage 17 determined the outcome of the race. The Coletta was the penultimate of the 4 climbs the racers had to pass that day on the way to the finish in Turin. Franco Bitossi and several others, including Domingo Perurena, were off the front. Poulidor and Janssen were in a chase group of 5. Aimar was dropped and Anquetil had to nurse him up to the Poulidor group. As they crested the mountain, Anquetil told Aimar to attack on the descent. Aimar possessed truly formidable descending skills (he said that he had been clocked at 140 km/hr descending Mount Ventoux). Bitossi told us that Aimar was counted among that elite group of descenders that included Gastone Nencini, Rini Wagtmans and Francesco Moser. Were Poulidor and Janssen aware that Aimar could drop down a technical descent like a stone? I don't know, but Poulidor didn't react and Janssen was fruther back in the peloton talking with Anquetil and did not see the move. Aimar steamed down the mountain and managed to catch up with Perurena as they went over the final climb. From then on, it was a time trial to Turin. Bitossi won the stage, his second stage win that Tour. Aimar came in 1 minute, 40 seconds after Bitossi and became the Tour leader. Poulidor came in almost 2 minutes after Aimar. Another tactical lapse had cost Poulidor another chance to win the Tour. Later Aimar asked his friend Bitossi why he didn't wait for him. This was the era before earphones. Bitossi told Aimar that he had no idea what was going on behind him. Janssen said he found out about Aimar's escape from Televizier team rider Henk Nijdam. He went to the front, found Bitossi and Aimar were gone, and set about chasing for all he was worth. As we know, he never closed the gap. Janssen says that his director, Maurice De Muer, drove up to him and told him that he didn't know about Aimar's flight, claiming that the Tour radio (reports broadcast by the Tour, not the modern 2-way communications systems used by teams today) wasn't working at the time. Janssen says he doubts De Muer's story.

The new General Classification:

1. Lucien Aimar
2. Jan Janssen @ 1 minute 35 seconds
3. Marcello Mugnaini @ 3 minutes 23 seconds
4. Jose-Antonio Momene @ 4 minutes 17 seconds
5. Karl-Heinz Kunde @ 4 minutes 50 seconds
6. Raymond Poulidor @ 5 minutes 11 seconds

Stage 18 from Ivrea to Chamonix gave Poulidor yet one more chance with climbs over the Grand St. Bernard, the Forclaz and the Montets. Poulidor waited until the final 4 kilometers of the Forclaz to attack. Bitossi tells us what happened. "On the Forclaz climb there was a battle and Aimar was dropped by Poulidor and Pingeon. Mugnaini, who was fourth in GC, was in difficulty too. That day I was feeling good, so I waited and helped Mugnaini on the climb. At the same time Anquetil helped Aimar. After the Forclaz climb there was another little climb and then 20 kilometers to Chamonix. In the final part of that stage I remember Anquetil's working for Aimar and my working for Mugnaini. We did 20 kilometers as if it were a team time trial. Aimar and Mugnaini sat behind Anquetil and me."

Poulidor had escaped with Luxembourg rider Edy Schutz. Acting the gentleman, Poulidor let Schutz take the stage win. In the chase Anquetil, Bitossi and Janssen rode like fiends and limited Poulidor's time gain to 49 seconds.

The nineteenth stage was ridden in stormy, cold weather. 50 kilometers after the start Jacques Anquetil, suffering terribly from what would later be diagnosed as acute bronchitis, got off his bike and never rode another kilometer in the Tour de France.

The final chance for the riders to affect the outcome of the Tour was the last stage, a 51.3-kilometer time trial into Paris. Poulidor was too far down to take the overall win but Janssen was an excellent time trialist and probably dreamed of erasing the fragile 95 seconds that separated him from Aimar.

Poulidor did well, coming in third. Janssen took about a half-minute out of Aimar, not enough to win.

Pouildor riding the 1966 Tour's final time trial.

The final General Classification for the 1966 Tour de France:

1. Lucien Aimar (Ford-France): 117 hours 34 minutes 21 seconds
2. Jan Janssen (Pelforth) @ 1 minute 7 seconds
3. Raymond Poulidor (Mercier-BP) @ 2 minutes 2 seconds
4. José-Antonio Momene (KAS) @ 5 minutes 19 seconds
5. Marcello Mugnaini (Filotex) @ 5 minutes 27 seconds

Climbers' Competition:

1. Julio Jimenez: 123 points
2. Joaquin Galera: 98 points
3. Aurelio Gonzalez: 51 points

Points Competition:

1. Willy Planckaert: 211 points
2. Gerben Karstens: 189 points
3. Edward Sels: 178 points

A few post-Tour notes:

One serious consequence of the 1966 rider's strike was the reversion to national teams for 1967 and 1968. Tour co-boss Félix Lévitan thought the sponsors were behind the strike and wanted to remove their influence.

Even though Holland is a major cycling nation, Jan Janssen's second place was the first time a Dutchman had made it to the podium in the Tour.

The 2 minutes, 2 seconds that Poulidor lost to Aimar in the seventeenth stage to Turin turned out to be exactly the same as his margin of defeat in the final General Classification.

Since this was the final Tour for Anquetil, let's take another look at this brilliant, enigmatic, fascinating man. He was first and foremost the finest, most elegant pedaling machine of his time, maybe of all time. His economical style, cleanly stroking a monster gear with his toes pointed down, his back flat and motionless, defined him. In addition to winning the Tour 5 times, 4 of the wins sequential, he won the unofficial world time trial championship, the Grand Prix des Nations, an incredible 9 times. He continued to race professionally until 1969. After that he was a team director and a radio commentator. He was always frustrated that the French public loved Poulidor but remained cold to him. His conservative, calculating racing style coupled with a shyness that was mistaken for arrogance prevented any sort of real connection with the public. His friends and teammates never exactly understood him, but they all found him generous to a fault.

He was said to be haunted by his father's early death at 56. Anquetil was always afraid that he too would be the victim of an early death. And so he was: Anquetil died of stomach cancer at 53.

By any normal standard his private life was disordered. He had an affair with a doctor's wife that had enough sordid details for another book. The wife, Jeanine, divorced the doctor and married Anquetil. After retiring Anquetil started to dream of having a child, a gift Jeanine could not give him. Anquetil, always the thinker and master strategist, came up with a solution. Jeanine had an adult daughter fathered by the doctor. Anquetil suggested that he bed Jeanine's daughter, Annie, so that he could have a child. The two women agreed, and a daughter, Sophie, was born.

Annie and Jeanine began to fight over Jacques and eventually Annie moved out. Then Jeanine invited her son and his wife, Dominique, to move in to the Anquetil mansion. Anquetil then seduced Dominique and a son Christopher was produced. Jeanine divorced Anquetil while Dominique remained.

Poulidor and Anquetil, bitter enemies during Anquetil's professional life, became friends after Anquetil retired. Anquetil's daughter Sophie was the lever that caused the reconciliation. Of all the riders in the world, Sophie chose Poulidor to be her hero. Poulidor was in a hotel room and was surprised to have Anquetil visit him. To Anquetil's substantial irritation Sophie wanted some sort of souvenir of Poulidor's. Being a devoted father, Anquetil asked Poulidor for a couple of his cycling caps. "You're still pissing me off," Anquetil told him.

Anquetil was always known to have an acute sense of time and an intuitive understanding of math. In racing he used these skills to his advantage in order to exactly manage his efforts, never wanting to waste a watt of energy. The full extent of his ability in this area is astonishing. Poulidor tells the story of an evening drive on a road that Anquetil had never been on before. The road had a series of traffic lights that were timed, not triggered by car sensors. After going through 2 intersections Anquetil said, "Raymond, drive at exactly 57 kilometers an hour." They did and were met by a green light at every intersection.

Poulidor and Anquetil had grown so close that Poulidor said that when Anquetil died, he felt as if he had lost a brother. When Poulidor visited Anquetil during his final days "Master Jacques" had not lost his sense of humor. "I'm sorry Raymond, but you're going to finish second again".

The story is a beautiful farewell and is repeated over and over but it is not true.

Poulidor's last meeting was at the hospital after Anquetil had had most of his stomach removed and later that evening at Anquetil's house. They had dinner together but Anquetil ate the meal without pleasure and retired early. Poulidor later spoke to him on the phone when Anquetil told him that he felt terrible on that famous day on the Puy de Dôme in 1964 when Anquetil and Poulidor dueled, and now he always had that same bad feeling. Jacques Anquetil died November 18, 1987.