On the eve of one of the most difficult and mythical stages of the Tour de France, the Giant of Provence awaits the riders on stage 12 this Thursday, Bastille Day. 49 years ago Tom Simpson tragically left his life on Mont Ventoux and tomorrow will be the 9th summit finish since that day. I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Simpson’s roommate during that 1967 Tour de France – fellow British rider Colin Lewis.
On the eve of stage 12 where the Tour finishes on Mont Ventoux after 184 kilometers, Colin takes us through that terrible day when he and Tom Simpson woke up ready to race and only one of them came home. If you have a few spare minutes while watching the escape in its futile attempt to stay way during the stage, I highly recommend you give this a watch.
This article was originally published in 2013, the last time the Tour de France went up Mont Ventoux.