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1957 Tour de France

44th edition: June 27 - July 20, 1957

Results, stages with running GC, photos and history

1956 Tour | 1958 Tour | Tour de France database | 1957 Tour quick facts | Final 1957 Tour GC | Stage results with running GC | The Story of the 1957 Tour de France |

1957 Tour de France map

Map of the 1957 Tour de France

1957 Tour Quick Facts:

4,665 km raced at an average speed of 34.25 km/hr. There were 120 starters aligned in national and regional teams and 56 classified finishers.

During the Giro d'Italia, Louison Bobet announced that he would not contest the Tour, allowing Jacques Anquetil to be included in the French team. Anquetil won the first of his five Tour victories in his first attempt. He dominated the time trials and climbed well, setting the pattern for the future.

Charly Gaul was unable to take the heat and retired during the second stage. Federico Bahamontes left the Tour in stage 9 after a crash.

Complete Final 1957 Tour de France General Classification:

  1. Jacques Anquetil (France): 135hr 44min 42sec
  2. Marcel Janssens (Belgium) @ 14min 56sec
  3. Adolf Christian (Switzerland) @ 17min 20sec
  4. Jean Forestier (France) @ 18min 2sec
  5. Jésus Lorono (Spain) @ 20min 17sec
  6. Gastone Nencini (Italy) @ 26min 3sec
  7. Nino Defilippis (Italy) @ 27min 57sec
  8. Wim Van Est (Netherlands) @ 28min 10sec
  9. Jan Adriaenssens (Belgium) @ 34min 7sec
  10. Jean Dotto (France, South-East) @ 36min 21sec
  11. François Mahé (France) @ 39min 24sec
  12. Marcel Rohrbach (France, North-East Center) @ 42min 48sec
  13. Fernand Picot (France, West) @ 28min 16sec
  14. Gilbert Bauvin (France) @ 54min 38sec
  15. Jean Bobet (France, Île de France) @ 57min 38sec
  16. Jozef Planckaert (Belgium) @ 58min 42sec
  17. Désiré Keteleer (Belgium) @ 1hr 26sec
  18. Joseph Thomin (France, West) @ 1hr 14min 28sec
  19. Raymond Hoorelbeke (France, Île de France) @ 1hr 16min 8sec
  20. Arigo Padovan (Italy) @ 1hr 23min 7sec
  21. Mario Tosato (Italy) @ 1hr 26min 50sec
  22. Georges Gay (France, South-West) @ 1hr 29min 11sec
  23. Pierino Baffi (Italy) @ 1hr 31min 12sec
  24. Bernardo Ruiz (Spain) @ 1hr 32min 55sec
  25. José Da Silva (Luxembourg-Mixed) @ 1hr 33min 28sec
  26. Louis Bergaud (France) @ 1hr 36min 11sec
  27. André Darrigade (France) @ 1hr 40min 10sec
  28. Henry Anglade (France, South-East) @ 1hr 44min 15sec
  29. Gerrit Voorting (Netherlands) @ 1hr 55min 9sec
  30. Marcel Queheille (France, South-West) @ 1hr 59min 13sec
  31. René Privat (France) @ 2hr 8min 24sec
  32. Piet Van Est (Netherlands) @ 2hr 11min 24sec
  33. Piet De Jongh (Netherlands) @ 2hr 14min 17sec
  34. André Le Dissez (France, Île de France) @ 2hr 15min 45sec
  35. Pino Cerami (Belgium) @ 2hr 15min 55sec
  36. Jean Bourles (France, West) @ 2hr 17min 59sec
  37. André Dupre (France, South-West) @ 2hr 18min 31sec
  38. Maurice Lampre (France, South-West) @ 2hr 19min 26sec
  39. Antonin Rolland (France, North-East Center) @ 2hr 19min 52sec
  40. Nicolas Barone (France, Île de France) @ 2hr 20min 33sec
  41. Pierre Ruby (France, North-East Center) @ 2hr 35min 43sec
  42. Joseph Groussard (France, West) @ 2hr 36min 58sec
  43. Jean Stablinski (France) @ 2hr 37min 17sec
  44. Mies Stolker (Netherlands) @ 2hr 41min 18sec
  45. Jaap Kersten (Netherlands) @ 2hr 43min 37sec
  46. Francis Pipelin (France, West) @ 2hr 43min 55sec
  47. Roger Chaussebel (France, South-East) @ 2hr 55min 9sec
  48. Pierre Poulingue (France, West) @ 2hr 59min 2sec
  49. Walter Holenweger (Switzerland) @ 3hr 0min 10sec
  50. Albert Bouvet (France) @ 3hr 2min 31sec
  51. Walter Favre (Switzerland) @ 3hr 11min 11sec
  52. Frances Siguenza (France, South-East) @ 3hr 18min 35sec
  53. Mario Baroni (Italy) @ 3hr 56min 20sec
  54. Carmelo Morales (spain) @ 3hr 59min 8sec
  55. Tony Graeser (Switzerland) @ 4hr 18min 3sec
  56. Guy Million (France, Île de France) @ 4hr 41min 11sec

Climbers' Competition:

  1. Gastone Nencini (Italy) : 44 points
  2. Louis Bergaud (France): 43
  3. Marcel Janssens (Belgium): 32
  4. Jacques Anquetil (France): 24
  5. Jésus Loroño (Spain): 24
  6. Jean Adriaenssens (Belgium): 20
  7. Henry Anglade (France, South-East): 18
  8. Marcel Queheille (France, South-West): 17
  9. Jean Dotto (France, South-East): 17
  10. Jean Stablinski (France): 16
  11. Marcel Rohrbach (France, North-East Center): 16

Points Competition:

  1. Jean Forestier (France): 301 points
  2. Wim Van Est (Netherlands): 317
  3. Adolf Christian (Switzerland): 366
  4. Joseph Thomin (France, West): 402
  5. Jacques Anquetil (France): 405
  6. Fernand Picot (France, West):418
  7. Jozef Planckaert (Belgium): 445
  8. Désiré Keteleer (Belgium): 460
  9. Gastone Nencini (Italy): 533
  10. Gilbert Bauvin (France): 573

Team Classification:

  1. France: 405hr 59min 8sec
  2. Italy @ 1hr 24min 36sec
  3. Belgium @ 2hr 24min 36sec
  4. Netherlands @ 3hr 43min 43sec
  5. France, West @ 3hr 51min 49sec
  6. France, North-East Center @ 4hr 38min 43sec
  7. France, Île de France @ 4hr 44min 40sec
  8. France, South-East @ 4hr 57min 50sec
  9. France, south-West @ 5hr 11min 25sec
  10. Switzerland @ 5hr 28min 32sec
  11. Spain @ 5hr 59min 0sec

Stage results with running GC:

Stage 1: Thursday, June 27, Nantes - Granville, 204 km

  1. André Darrigade: 4hr 56min 18sec
  2. Miguel Poblet s.t.
  3. Joseph Thomin s.t.
  4. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  5. Wim Van Est s.t.
  6. Max Schellenberg s.t.
  7. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  8. Daan De Groot s.t.
  9. Jean Stablinski s.t.
  10. Gianni Ferlenghi @ 8sec

GC after Stage 1:

  1. André Darrigade: 4hr 55min 18sec
  2. Miguel Poblet @ 30sec
  3. Joseph Thomin @ 1min
  4. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  5. Wim Van Est s.t.
  6. Max Schellenberg s.t.
  7. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  8. Daan De Groot s.t.
  9. Jean Stablinski s.t.
  10. Gianni Ferlenghi @ 1min 8sec

Stage 2: Friday, June 28, Granville - Caen, 226 km

  1. René Privat: 6hr 9min 22sec
  2. Joseph Thomin @ 3min 32sec
  3. Fernand Picot s.t.
  4. Gilbert Bauvin s.t.
  5. Stanislas Bober s.t.
  6. Gianni Ferlenghi s.t.
  7. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  8. André Le Dissez s.t.
  9. Giancarlo Astrua s.t.
  10. Adolf Christian s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. René Privat: 11hr 4min 48sec
  2. Joseph Thomin @ 3min 54sec
  3. Jean Forestier @ 4min 32sec
  4. Gianni Ferlenghi s.t.
  5. Albert Bouvet @ 5min 55sec
  6. Fernand Picot s.t.
  7. Francis Pipelin s.t.
  8. Stanislas Bober s.t.
  9. Gilbert Bauvin @ 6min 2sec

Stage 3A: Saturday, June 29, Caen 15 km Team Time Trial

  1. France: 57min 54sec (times of first three riders added together)
  2. Belgium @ 12sec
  3. Holland @ 42sec
  4. Ile de France @ 1min 48sec
  5. Switzerland s.t.
  6. France-West @ 1min 54sec
  7. Italy @ 1min 56sec
  8. France South-West @ 2min 3sec
  9. France North-East Center s.t.
  10. Luxembourg-Mixte @ 2min 12sec
  11. Spain @ 2min 30sec
  12. France South-East @ 3min 21sec

GC after Stage 3A:

  1. René Privat: 11hr 24min 6sec
  2. Joseph Thomin @ 4min 32sec
  3. Jean Forestier s.t.
  4. Gianni Ferlenghi @ 5min 11sec
  5. Albert Bouvet @ 5min 55sec
  6. Gilbert Bauvin @ 6min 2sec
  7. Stanislas Bober @ 6min 31sec
  8. Fernand Picot @ 6min 33sec
  9. Francis Pipelin s.t.
  10. Adolf Christian s.t.

Stage 3B: Saturday, June 29, Caen - Rouen, 134 km

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 3hr 23min 44sec
  2. Georges Gay s.t.
  3. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  4. Federico Bahamontes s.t.
  5. Giancarlo Astrua s.t.
  6. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  7. Adolf Christian s.t.
  8. Jaap Kersten s.t.
  9. Walter Holenweger s.t.
  10. Jean Dotto s.t.

GC after Stage 3B:

  1. René Privat: 14hr 48min
  2. Adolf Christian @ 6min 28sec
  3. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 6min 42sec
  5. Giancarlo Astrua @ 6min 43sec
  6. Jean Dotto @ 6min 59sec
  7. Roger Walkowiak @ 9min 13sec
  8. Gastone Nencini @ 9min 16sec
  9. Jacques Anquetil @ 9min 32sec
  10. Carlo Clerici @ 11min 34sec

Stage 4: Sunday, June 30, Rouen - Roubaix, 232 km

  1. Marcel Janssens: 6hr 23min 34sec
  2. Max Schellenberg @ 4min 42sec
  3. Stanislas Bober s.t.
  4. Wim Van Est s.t.
  5. Francis Siguenza s.t.
  6. Piet Van Est s.t.
  7. Jean Stablinski @ 6min 58sec
  8. André Darrigade @ 7min 13sec
  9. Mario Baroni s.t.
  10. Fred De Bruyne @ 7min 25sec

GC after Stage 4:

  1. René Privat: 21hr 22min 31sec
  2. Adolf Christian @ 6min 28sec
  3. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  4. Federico Bahamontes @ 6min 42sec
  5. Giancarlo Astrua @ 6min 43sec
  6. Jean Dotto @ 6min 58sec
  7. Roger Walkowiak @ 8min 32sec
  8. Marcel Janssens @ 8min 58sec
  9. Gastone Nencini @ 9min 16sec
  10. Stanislas Bober @ 9min 28sec

Stage 5: Monday, July 1, Roubaix - Charleroi, 170 km

  1. Gilbert Bauvin: 4hr 25min 26sec
  2. Fernand Picot s.t.
  3. Daan De Groot @ 2sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 3sec
  5. Jean Bobet s.t.
  6. Jozef Planckaert @ 1min 8sec
  7. Max Schellenberg @ 1min 37sec
  8. Joseph Thomin s.t.
  9. Gerrit Voorting @ 1min 38sec
  10. Marcel Janssens s.t.

Riders 18th and later were more than 11 minutes slower than stage winner Bauvin.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 25hr 57min 32sec
  2. Marcel Janssens @ 1min 1sec
  3. Jean Forestier @ 3min 17sec
  4. René Privat @ 3min 29sec
  5. Max Schellenberg @ 4min 9sec
  6. Roger Walkowiak @ 4min 52sec
  7. Fernand Picot @ 5min 40sec
  8. Joseph Thomin @ 5min 46sec
  9. Gilbert Bauvin @ 5min 54sec
  10. Jean Bobet @ 6min 26sec

Stage 6: Tuesday, July 2, Charleroi - Metz, 248 km

  1. André Trochut: 6hr 29min 54sec
  2. Joseph Groussard s.t.
  3. Mario Bertolo s.t.
  4. Nello Lauredi s.t.
  5. Pierino Baffi @ 9min 45sec
  6. François Mahé s.t.
  7. Marcel Rohrbach s.t.
  8. Adolf Christian @ 14min 13sec
  9. André Darrigade @ 14min 37sec
  10. Fred De Bruyne s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 32hr 42min 3sec
  2. Marcel Janssens @ 1min 1sec
  3. Jean Forestier @ 3min 17sec
  4. René Privat @ 3min 29sec
  5. Max Schellenberg @ 4min 9sec
  6. Roger Walkowiak @ 4min 22sec
  7. Fernand Picot @ 5min 40sec
  8. Joseph Thomin @ 5min 46sec
  9. Gilbert Bauvin @ 5min 54sec
  10. Jean Bobet @ 6min 26sec

Stage 7: Wednesday, July 3, Metz - Colmar, 223 km

Major ascent: Linge

  1. Roger Hassenforder: 6hr 21min 13sec
  2. Gerrit Voorting s.t.
  3. François Mahé s.t.
  4. Jacques Bianco s.t.
  5. Louis Bergaud s.t.
  6. Piet De Jongh s.t.
  7. Jésus Lorono s.t.
  8. Jean Bourles s.t.
  9. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  10. Henry Anglade @ 50sec
  11. Joseph Morvan @ 4min 16sec
  12. Josef Planckaert @ 8min 27sec

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Nicolas Barone: 39hr 11min 33sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 38sec
  3. Marcel Janssens @ 1min 39sec
  4. Jean Forestier @ 3min 55sec
  5. Max Schellenberg @ 4min 47sec
  6. Joseph Thomin @ 6min 24sec
  7. Jean Bobet @ 7min 4sec
  8. Fraonçois Mahé @ 7min 22sec
  9. Roger Walkowiak @ 7min 41sec
  10. Fernand Picot @ 8min 59sec

Stage 8: Thursday, July 4, Colmar - Besançon, 192 km

  1. Pierino Baffi: 5hr 18min 59sec
  2. Raymond Hoorelbeke s.t.
  3. Mario Tosato s.t.
  4. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  5. Wim Van Est s.t.
  6. Pierre Poulingue s.t.
  7. Ferand Picot s.t.
  8. Alves Barbosa s.t.
  9. Geroges Gay s.t.
  10. Bruno Tognaccini s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Jean Forestier: 44hr 34min 27sec
  2. Fernand Picot @ 5min 4sec
  3. Wim Van Est @ 11min 54sec
  4. Jacques Anquetil @ 14min 28sec
  5. Marcel Rohrbach @ 15min 10sec
  6. Maecel Janssens @ 5min 29sec
  7. Jésus Lorono @ 18min 21sec
  8. Joseph Thomin @ 20min 14sec
  9. Jean Bobet @ 20min 54sec
  10. François Mahé @ 21min 12sec

Stage 9: Friday, July 5, Besançon - Thonon les Bains, 188 km

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 5hr 4min 38sec
  2. Max Schellenberg s.t.
  3. Maurice Lampre s.t.
  4. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  5. Jean Bourles s.t.
  6. Francis Pipelin s.t.
  7. Jean Bobet s.t.
  8. Benigno Aizpuru s.t.
  9. François Mahé s.t.
  10. Wim Van Est @ 41sec
  11. Joseph Thomin @ 10min 49sec
  12. Fernand Picot s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Jean Forestier: 49hr 49min 54sec
  2. Jacques Anquetil @ 2min 39sec
  3. Fernand Picot @ 5min 4sec
  4. Jean Bobet @ 10min 5sec
  5. François Mahé @ 10min 23sec
  6. Wim Van Est @ 11min 54sec
  7. Jozef Planckaert @ 12min 34sec
  8. Marcel Rohrbach @ 15min 10sec
  9. Marcel Janssens @ 15min 29sec
  10. Jésus Lorono @ 18min 21sec

Stage 10: Sunday, July 7, Thonon les Bains - Brainçon, 247 km

Major ascents: Tamié, Télégraphe, Galibier

  1. Gastone Nencini: 7hr 48min 26sec
  2. Marcel Janssens s.t.
  3. Marcel Rohrbach @ 39sec
  4. Max Schellenberg @ 1min 18sec
  5. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  6. Jésus Lorono @ 5min 32sec
  7. Gilbert Bauvin @ 5min 34sec
  8. Valentin Huot @ 5min 51sec
  9. Nino Defilippis @ 6min 2sec
  10. Fernand Picot @ 6min 10sec

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 57hr 42min 17sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 4min 2sec
  3. Fernand Picot @ 7min 17sec
  4. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 2sec
  5. Marcel Rohrbach @ 11min 52sec
  6. Jean Bobet @ 12min 20sec
  7. François Mahé @ 12min 36sec
  8. Wim Van Est @ 15min 51sec
  9. Max Schellenberg @ 16min 13sec
  10. Jozef Planckaert @ 19min 54sec

Stage 11: Monday, July 8, Briançon - Cannes, 286 km

Major ascents: Allos, Luens, St. Cézaire

  1. René Privat: 9hr 18min 59sec
  2. Nello Lauredi s.t.
  3. Win Van Est s.t.
  4. Adolf Christian @ 1min 8sec
  5. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  6. Fernand Picot @ 1min 54sec
  7. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  8. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  9. Gerrit Voorting s.t.
  10. Jozef Planckaert s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 67hr 3min 10sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 4min 2sec
  3. Fernand Picot @ 7min 17sec
  4. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 2sec
  5. Jean Bobet @ 12min 20sec
  6. Wim Van Est @ 13min 57sec
  7. Marcel Rohrbach @ 16min 11sec
  8. François Mahé @ 17min 29sec
  9. Jozef Planckaert @ 19min 54sec
  10. Max Schellenberg @ 20min 32sec

Stage 12: Tuesday, July 9, Cannes - Marseille, 239 km

Major ascents: Mont Faron, Espigoulier

  1. Jean Stablinski: 7hr 42min 52sec
  2. Lothar Friedich @ 12min 4sec
  3. Louis Bergaud s.t.
  4. Jean Forestier @ 13min 52sec
  5. Gastone Nencini s.t.
  6. Marcel Janssens s.t.
  7. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  8. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  9. Wim Van Est s.t.
  10. Francis Siguenza s.t.

GC after stage 12:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 74hr 59min 54sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 4min 2sec
  3. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 2sec
  4. Fernand Picot @ 11min 50sec
  5. Wim Van Est @ 13min 57sec
  6. Marcel Rohrbach @ 16min 11sec
  7. Jean Bobet @ 16min 53sec
  8. Jozef Planckaert @ 19min 54sec
  9. Gastone Nencini @ 20min 44sec
  10. François Mahé @ 22min 2sec

Stage 13: Wednesday, July 10, Marseille - Alès, 160 km

  1. Nino Defilippis: 5hr 2min 54sec
  2. Jean Stablinski s.t.
  3. André Darrigade s.t.
  4. Piet Van Est s.t.
  5. Nicolas Barone s.t.
  6. Joseph Groussard st.
  7. Walter Favre s.t.
  8. Gilbert Bauvin s.t.
  9. Jan Adriaenssens s.t.
  10. Jésus Lorono s.t.
  11. Max Schellenberg @ 10min 40sec
  12. Wim Van Est s.t.

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 80hr 13min 28sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 4min 2sec
  3. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 2sec
  4. Fernand Picot @ 11min 50sec
  5. Wim Van Est @ 13min 57sec
  6. Gilbert Bauvin @ 14min
  7. Marcel Rohrbach @ 16min 11sec
  8. Jean Bobet @ 16min 53sec
  9. Jésus Lorono @ 18min 8sec
  10. Nicolas Barone @ 18min 38sec

Stage 14: Thursday, July 11, Alès - Perpignan, 246 km

  1. Roger Hassenforder: 6hr 17min 23sec
  2. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  3. Joseph Gourssard s.t.
  4. Raymond Hoorelbeke s.t.
  5. Adolf Christian s.t.
  6. Gerrit Voorting s.t.
  7. Pierre Ruby s.t.
  8. Mario Tosato s.t.
  9. José Da Silva s.t.
  10. Antonin Rolland s.t.

GC after Stage 14:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 86hr 47min 12sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 4min 2sec
  3. François Mahé @ 5min 41sec
  4. Adolf Christian @ 9min 44sec
  5. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 2sec
  6. Fernand Picot @ 11min 50sec
  7. Wim Van Est @ 13min 57sec
  8. Gilbert Bauvin @ 14min
  9. Marcel Rohrbach @ 16min 41sec
  10. Jean Bobet @ 16min 53sec

Stage 15A: Friday, July 12, Perpignan - Barcelona, 197 km

  1. René Privat: 5hr 24min 47sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 38sec
  3. Gilbert Bauvin @ 50sec
  4. Bernardo Ruiz s.t.
  5. Maurice Lampre @ 1min
  6. Pierre Ruby s.t.
  7. Pierre Poulingue @ 1min 7sec
  8. Nino Defilippis @ 1min 10sec
  9. Pierino Baffi @ 4min 15sec
  10. Jean Forestier @ 4min 15sec

GC after Stage 15A:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 92hr 16min 30sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 3min 46sec
  3. François Mahé @ 5min 41sec
  4. Adolf Christian @ 9min 44sec
  5. Gilbert Bauvin @ 10min 19sec
  6. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 2sec
  7. Fernand Picot @ 11min 50sec
  8. Wim Van Est @ 13min 57sec
  9. Nino Defilippis @ 16min 11sec
  10. Marcel Rohrbach @ 16min 41sec

Stage 15B: Friday, July 12, Montjuich 9.8 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 14min 29sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 12sec
  3. Jésus Lorono @ 25sec
  4. Gilbert Bauvin @ 32sec
  5. Wim Van Est @ 36sec
  6. Nino Defilippis @ 39sec
  7. Marcel Rohrbach @ 41sec
  8. François Mahé @ 45sec
  9. Adolf Christian @ 50sec
  10. Piet Van Est s.t.

GC after Stage 15B:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 92hr 30min 59sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 3min 58sec
  3. François Mahé @ 6min 26sec
  4. Adolf Christian @ 10min 34sec
  5. Gilbert Bauvin @ 10min 51sec
  6. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 54sec
  7. Fernand Picot @ 13min 15sec
  8. Wim Van Est @ 14min 33sec
  9. Nino Defilippis @ 16min 50sec
  10. Marcel Rohrbach @ 17min 22sec

Stage 16: Sunday, July 14, Barcelona - Aix les Thermes, 220 km

Major ascents: Tosas, Puymorens

  1. Jean Bourles: 6hr 13min 34sec
  2. Marcel Queheille @ 4min 3sec
  3. Arigo Padovan @ 9min 19sec
  4. Jozef Planckaert @ 10min 7sec
  5. Mario Bertolo @ 10min 25sec
  6. Georges Gay @ 11min 27sec
  7. Pino Cerami @ 11min 29sec
  8. Adolf Christian s.t.
  9. Michel Stolker s.t.
  10. Jean Forestier s.t.

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 98hr 56min 14sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 3min 46sec
  3. François Mahé @ 6min 19sec
  4. Adolf Christian @ 10min 22sec
  5. Gilbert Buavin @ 10min 48sec
  6. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 52sec
  7. Fernand Picot @ 13min 3sec
  8. Wim Van Est @ 14min 26sec
  9. Nino Defilippis @ 16min 47sec
  10. Jésus Lrono @ 18min 41sec

Stage 17: Monday, July 15, Ax les Thermes - St. Gaudens, 236 km

Major ascent: Portet d'Aspet, Portillon, Port

  1. Nino Defilippis: 7hr 6min
  2. Jean Forestier s.t.
  3. Pierino Baffi s.t.
  4. Louis Bergaud s.t.
  5. Max Schellenberg s.t.
  6. Désiré Keteleer s.t.
  7. Adolf Christian s.t.
  8. Jésus Lorono @ 5sec
  9. Marcel Janssens s.t.
  10. Jan Adriaenssens s.t.

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 105hr 56min 25sec
  2. Jean Forestier @ 3min 11sec
  3. François Mahé @ 6min 19sec
  4. Adolf Christian @ 10min 17sec
  5. Gilbert Bauvin @ 10min 48sec
  6. Marcel Janssens @ 11min 52sec
  7. Wim Van Est @ 14min 26sec
  8. Nino Defilippis @ 15min 42sec
  9. Jésus Lorono @ 18min 41sec
  10. Gastone Nencini @ 22min 21sec

Stage 18: Tuesday, June 16, St. Gaudens - Pau, 207 km

Major ascents: Tourmalet, Aubisque

  1. Gastone Nencini: 6hr 37min 31sec
  2. Georges Gay s.t.
  3. Marcel Janssens s.t.
  4. Jésus Lorono s.t.
  5. Jean Dotto s.t.
  6. Jan Adriaenssens @ 5sec
  7. Henry Anglade @ 2min 38sec
  8. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  9. Jacques Anquetil s.t.
  10. Adolf Christian s.t.

GC after stage 18:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 112hr 36min 34sec
  2. Marcel Janssens @ 9min 14sec
  3. Adolf Christian @ 10min 17sec
  4. Jean Forestier @ 12min 59sec
  5. Jésus Lorono @ 16min 3sec
  6. Gastone Nencini @ 18min 43sec
  7. Wim Van Est @ 24min 14sec
  8. Nino Defilippis @ 25min 16sec
  9. Jan Adriaenssens @ 26min 18sec
  10. Jean Dotto @ 28min 30sec

Stage 19: Wednesday, July 17, Pau - Bordeaux, 194 km

  1. Pierino Baffi: 5hr 4min 22sec
  2. André Darrigade @ 21min 48sec
  3. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  4. Mario Baroni s.t.
  5. Maurice Lampre s.t.
  6. André Dupre s.t.
  7. Wim Van Est s.t.
  8. Jean Forestier s.t.
  9. Francis Siguenza s.t.
  10. Fernand Picot s.t.

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 118hr 2min 44sec
  2. Marcel Janssens @ 9min 14sec
  3. Adolf Christian @ 10min 17sec
  4. Jean Forestier @ 12min 59sec
  5. Jésus Lorono @ 16min 3sec
  6. Gastone Nencini @ 18min 43sec
  7. Wim Van Est @ 24min 14sec
  8. Nino Defilippis @ 25min 16sec
  9. Jan Adriaenssens @ 26min 18sec
  10. Jean Dotto @ 28min 30sec

Stage 20: Thursday, July 18, Bordeaux - Libourne 66 km Individual Time Trial

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 1hr 32min 17sec
  2. Nino Defilippis @ 2min 11sec
  3. Wim Van Est @ 2min 56sec
  4. Jésus Lorono @ 3min 14sec
  5. Jean Forestier @ 4min 3sec
  6. Jozef Planckaert @ 4min 7sec
  7. Pierre Ruby @ 4min 13sec
  8. Marcel Janssens @ 4min 42sec
  9. François Mahé @ 4min 58sec
  10. Désiré Keteleer @ 5min 55sec

GC after Stage 20:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 119hr 34min 1sec
  2. Marcel Janssens @ 14min 56sec
  3. Adolf Christian @ 17min 20sec
  4. Jean Forestier @ 18min 2sec
  5. Jésus Lorono @ 20min 17sec
  6. Gastone Nencini @ 26min 3sec
  7. Nino Defilippis @ 27min 57sec
  8. Wim Van Est @ 28min 10sec
  9. Jan Adriaenssens @ 34min 7sec
  10. Jean Dotto @ 36min 31sec

Stage 21: Friday, July 19, Libourne - Tours, 317 km

  1. André Darrigade: 9hr 55min 53sec
  2. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  3. Désiré Keteleer s.t.
  4. Jaap Kersten s.t.
  5. Piet De Jongh s.t.
  6. Louis Bergaud s.t.
  7. Henry Anglade @ 1min 10sec
  8. Francis Siguenza @ 15min 54sec
  9. Pierre Ruby s.t.
  10. Wim Van Est s.t.

GC after Stage 21:

  1. Jacques Anquetil: 129hr 46min 11sec
  2. Marcel Janssens @ 14min 56sec
  3. Adolf Christian @ 17min 20sec
  4. Jean Forestier @ 18min 2sec
  5. Jésus Lorono @ 20min 17sec
  6. Gastone Nencini @ 26min 3sec
  7. Nino Defilippis @ 27min 57sec
  8. Wim Van Est @ 28min 10sec
  9. Jan Adriaenssens @ 34min 7sec
  10. Jean Dotto @ 36min 31sec

Stage 22 (Final Stage): Saturday, July 20, Tours - Pars, 227 km

  1. André Darrigade: 5hr 58min 31sec
  2. Arigo Padovan s.t.
  3. Jean Forestier s.t.
  4. Wim Van Est s.t.
  5. Maurice Lampre s.t.
  6. Francis Siguenza s.t.
  7. Piet Van Est s.t.
  8. Jozef Planckaert s.t.
  9. Pino Cerami s.t.
  10. Joseph Groussard s.t.

Complete Final 1957 Tour de France General Classification

The Story of the 1957 Tour de France:

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With the 1957 Tour, a new era begins, the age of Jacques Anquetil. Before proceeding, it would be good to take a look at the extraordinary, yet independent, strangely selfish and wholly original man. His personality and talents will color the Tour for years to come.

From the beginning, he could turn a huge gear with a beautiful style. In fact, his smooth, effortless manner was what most writers of the age find so appealing about Anquetil. At only 19 he won his first Grand Prix des Nations—the unofficial world championship of time trialing—beating second place Roger Creton by 6 minutes, 41 seconds on a 140-kilometer course.

While Roger Walkowiak was winning the 1956 Tour, Anquetil—at the ripe old age of 22—was busy setting a new World Hour Record. He raised it to 46.159 kilometers beating Coppi's 45.798 kilometers set in 1942. Jacques Anquetil entered the Tour 8 times and was the first 5-time winner, riding the Tour in his own special, economical style.

Anquetil was a master time-trialist. His list of wins is heavily weighted towards this specialty. He won the Gran Prix des Nations 9 times, including a run of 6 in a row between 1953 and 1958. He wasn't quite the dominating presence in the Barrachi Trophy 2-man time trial. The trading of pace in a 2-man effort doesn't involve the same sustained, perfectly controlled effort. Nonetheless, his record is enviable: 3 victories, 5 seconds and 1 third.

His ability to gain substantial time in a time trial allowed him to ride stage races with an economy denied the others. He had the privilege of riding defensively in the mountains. It was said of him that no rider could drop him, yet he could drop no rider. It comes down to the fact that he usually just did not have to attack on the climbs. He could preserve his standings in General Classification in the mountains, often just keeping it within reach. He would then pour all of his strength into the time trial where he was almost invulnerable.

He was tactically astute, always aware of the relative position of each of the danger men; he never put out any more effort than was absolutely necessary. This sort of riding lost him the love of the French who valued "La Gloire". Glory, panache and elan were expected of a great French champion, not cold calculation.

The 1957 Tour was clockwise (Alps first) and at 4,664 kilometers was about 140 kilometers longer than the 1956 edition.

In the mid to late 1950's, France was brimming with talent. The 1957 national squad included last year's winner, Roger Walkowiak, André Darrigade, future world champion Jean Stablinski, Gilbert Bauvin and Jean Forestier. At the last moment Anquetil, only 23 years old, was added to the team.

Louison Bobet chose not to ride. He had fought an all-out war in the Giro just a few weeks before that left him exhausted. He had worn the leader's Pink Jersey for a total of 9 days, trading it with Gaul, Rolland, Defilippis and the eventual winner, Gastone Nencini. Bobet, unable to fend off the Italians intent upon winning their own Tour, missed winning the Giro by only 19 seconds. Raphaël Géminiani chose not to ride the Tour as well. There seem to be hints that he did not want to ride as a domestique on a team that would be dominated by Walkowiak, Darrigade and the young Anquetil. It was assumed that Walkowiak would be the main protected rider on the team, but he did not come to the Tour in top form.

The biggest challenge to the French machine would come either from the Italians with their Giro winner Gastone Nencini or the Luxembourg team's Charly Gaul. Spain's erratic climber Federico Bahamontes entered, but as usual, with his concentration fixed upon the climber's prize, he was an unlikely threat to the overall. The race was the French team's to lose.

The French tried to keep the Yellow Jersey a private affair. For the second year in a row André Darrigade won the first stage and the year's first Yellow Jersey. Teammate René Privat won the second stage in blisteringly hot weather and assumed the lead. It was said that until the 1957 Tour, the one run in 1947 was the hottest on record. 1957's heat crushed the riders. Beginning with the second stage, the riders started to withdraw in surprisingly large numbers. Among the second stage abandons were Belgium's Alex Close, Luxembourg's Charly Gaul and 9 others. More than one observer has remarked that amphetamines, the 1950's drug of choice, made it difficult for many riders to take the heat. We can't know if this was the main reason for the withdrawals, but with at least three quarters of the mid-1950's peloton using the stimulant, it must at least have been a contributing factor.

The French demonstrated their strength by winning the next day's team time trial.

That same day the Tour rode 134 kilometers across northern France from Caen to Anquetil's hometown, Rouen. On this stage 3b Anquetil got into a break of 14 riders that contained Bahamontes, Nencini and Walkowiak. Anquetil won the stage as the break came in 7 minutes, 24 seconds ahead of the field. Anquetil had a way to go to get to the top of General Classification, at this point led by his teammate Privat, but he was in the right place in his first Tour.

Anquetil wins stage 3b. Even though it's clear he has a substantial gap on the rest of the break, he was given the same time as the winner of the field sprint, Georges Gay.

It was on the fifth stage from Roubaix to Charleroi that Anquetil showed that he had power beyond what his youth might promise. On a rainy day Anquetil was the main engine of a break that included his teammate Bauvin and 3 other riders. They held off a hard-charging chasing group that closed to within 2 minutes of them at the end of the stage. Most of the rest of the field took another quarter of an hour to finish. Notably missing from the first two groups were Walkowiak, Bahamontes, Nencini and Darrigade. The blond time-trialist from Normandy was now the leader of the Tour de France and had dealt many of his challengers a hard blow.

The General Classification after stage 5:

1. Jacques Anquetil
2. Marcel Janssens @ 1 minute 1 second
3. Jean Forestier @ 3 minutes 17 seconds
4. René Privat @ 3 minutes 29 seconds
5. Roger Walkowiak @ 3 minutes 52 seconds
6. Max Schellenberg @ 4 minutes 9 seconds

For a day the French let regional rider Nicolas Barone take the Yellow when a break of non-contenders got away on stage 7 into Colmar. That was quickly corrected the next day. Jean Forestier found himself in a break of 16 that opened a gap of over 17 minutes. Forestier (1955 Paris–Roubaix and 1956 Tour of Flanders winner) was a solid rider who was firmly in Yellow. The new General Classification:

1. Jean Forestier
2. Fernand Picot @ 5 minutes 4 seconds
3. Wim Van Est @ 11 minutes 54 seconds
4. Jacques Anquetil @ 14 minutes 28 seconds

Anquetil again showed that despite his extreme youth, his energy was not flagging under the demands of a major stage race. He won the stage 9 sprint when 10 riders left the field over 10 minutes behind. Forestier was still in Yellow but Anquetil was now in second place, only 2½ minutes back. Anquetil was savvy. Often before hard climbing stages racers will try to dose their efforts in order to be fresh for the mountains. There was a rest day after stage 9, so Anquetil had a day to recover from a hard day's work before the real test began in the Alps.

Bahamontes abandoned even before the climbing began. With Coppi gone from the Tour scene, perhaps it's good to have an enigma in our drama. Bahamontes fills that requirement very well. The stories differ as to exactly why he dropped out. It was clear that at this point his morale, always fragile, was terrible. His friend Miguel Poblet had abandoned on stage 4. Bahamontes had a boil on his arm that made it hard for him to ride. He thought he should be the team's sole protected rider, not Jesus Lorono. The abandonment was probably for all these reasons. In 1956 he threw his bike down a ravine when he tried, unsuccessfully, to quit. This year, to make his feeling extra-clear, "Baha" took off his shoes and threw them down the ravine. No amount of begging from his teammates or his manager could get him to resume racing. He took the first available train back to Spain.

Stage 10 had the riders cross the Tamié and the huge Galibier. The attacks came on the lower slopes of the Galibier. Nencini got clear with several others. It seems that the occasional lassitude that would sometimes overcome Anquetil let him become unconcerned about the break up the road containing Nencini. When the gap grew to over 5 minutes, team manger Bidot urged Anquetil to close the gap to the man who had just taken the Giro from Bobet. Anquetil did chase and nearly caught Nencini, failing by only 1 minute, 1 second. Anquetil was now firmly in the lead.

Neither of the next 2 mountain stages presented any challenge to Anquetil's lead. So, after stage 12 the Tour rolled across southern France and then to Barcelona in Spain. Before the Pyrenees, Anquetil looked to be having a wonderful first Tour:

1. Jacques Anquetil
2. Jean Forestier @ 4 minutes 2 seconds
3. Marcel Janssens @ 11 minutes 2 seconds
4. Fernand Picot @ 11 minutes 50 seconds
5. Wim Van Est @ 13 minutes 57 seconds

Again, just before a mountain stage, Anquetil took the opportunity to deliver another blow to those who had hopes to wear Yellow in Paris. Normally the Tour would have scheduled the Saturday in Barcelona as a rest day. Instead, a short 9.8-kilometer individual time trial in Montjuich was run. This was raw meat for the finest time trialist of the era, perhaps the greatest ever. Anquetil was able to put another 12 seconds between himself and Forestier in case there were any doubts as to who the strongest rider on the French team really was. Janssens, Picot and Van Est were tossed from the higher General Classification standing.

The first day in the Pyrenees took in the Puymorens mountain on the road back into France. Anquetil lost a few seconds to Forestier. The biggest occurrence of the day was the tragedy of the famous cycling reporter Alex Virot. He was sitting on the back of a motorcycle when it apparently lost control on a rocky dirt road. Both the driver, René Wagner, and Virot died after crashing at the bottom of a ravine. This was Wagner's only accident in his entire driving career.

Stage 16: Anquetil, in Yellow, leads his group over the Col de Tosas.

The seventeenth stage, 236 kilometers from Ax les Thermes to St. Gaudens was a real bear of a stage, containing the Portet d'Aspet, the Portillon and the Port. For the first time Anquetil, who was a capable but not brilliant climber, came under pressure. Notably Nencini and the Belgian Jan Adriaenssens tried to see if the young Norman would fold. The French team rallied around him and in the end Anquetil finished only 5 seconds behind the winner, Nino Defilippis. Nencini crashed and finished eighteenth, right behind Walkowiak. Clearly, "Walko" didn't have whatever it was he had the year before.

The next day was another classic Pyreneen stage with both the Tourmalet and the Aubisque on the day's menu. Anquetil was clearly feeling extraordinarily good, at least at the start. He took off on the Tourmalet. He missed getting his feed bag and by the time he got on the Soulor (just next to the Aubisque) he was out of food and energy. Other riders, including the bandaged Nencini, passed Anquetil. Late in the stage he got help and managed to finish only 2½ minutes behind the front group. He was still in control with a healthy lead.

After stage 19, with the climbing finished, here were the General Classification standings:

1. Jacques Anquetil
2. Marcel Janssens @ 9 minutes 14 seconds
3. Adolf Christian @ 10 minutes 17 seconds
4. Jean Forestier @ 12 minutes 59 seconds
5. Jesus Lorono @ 16 minutes 3 seconds
6. Gastone Nencini @ 18 minutes 43 seconds

Anquetil's strategic position was better than it looked. 2 days later in the 66-kilometer individual time trial, Anquetil showed no mercy. The stage results:

1. Jacques Anquetil: 1 hour 32 minutes 17 seconds
2. Nino Defilippis @ 2 minutes 11 seconds
3. Wim Van Est @ 2 minutes 56 seconds
4. Jesus Lorono @ 3 minutes 14 seconds
5. Jean Forestier @ 4 minutes 3 seconds

André Darrigade won the final 2 stages. The French team had exhibited a dominance that they had not known since the days of André Leducq and Antonin Magne in the early 1930's.

The French national team won the Yellow Jersey, 13 stages, the Green Points Jersey and the competition for the best team. They had held the Yellow Jersey for every day of the Tour but 1. It wasn't an easy Tour: only 56 of the 120 starters made it to Paris.

Final 1957 Tour de France General Classification:

1. Jacques Anquetil (France): 135 hours 44 minutes 42 seconds
2. Marcel Janssens (Belgium) @ 14 minutes 56 seconds
3. Adolf Christian (Austria) @ 17 minutes 20 seconds
4. Jean Forestier (France) @ 18 minutes 2 seconds
5. Jesus Lorono (Spain) @ 20 minutes 17 seconds
6. Gastone Nencini (Italy) @ 26 minutes 3 seconds

Climber's competition:

1. Gastone Nencini: 44 points
2. Louis Bergaud: 43 points
3. Marcel Janssens: 32 points

Points competition:

1. Jean Forestier: 301 points
2. Wim Van Est: 317 points
3. Adolf Christian: 366 points