In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Michal Kwiatkowski wins a thrilling Milan-San Remo; Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Kristof Allegaert leads into day 3 of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race; Sagan – Kwiatkowski owes me a few beers; Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon dies at 76; Dame Sarah Storey launches elite women’s cycling team; Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti’s Grand (Tour) plans; DreamRide II.
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Winner of the 1967 Tour de France, Roger Pingeon, has died at age 76, succumbing to a heart attack on Sunday morning.
Disparition à 77 ans, victime d’une crise cardiaque, du champion cycliste Roger Pingeon, 50 ans après sa victoire dans le Tour de France. pic.twitter.com/E6zN7h0Srh
— hacene Chouchaoui (@haceneChouchaou) March 19, 2017
“He was fine, I had seen him yesterday morning, he was a very humble person who had been able to integrate very well into the life of the village and especially to the community life, He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his victory, ” said Georges Gouly, the mayor of Pingeon’s home town in the Ain region of France.
Pingeon turned professional in 1965, riding alongside Tom Simpson on the Peugeot team. He finished eighth at the Tour de France in his second season. The 1967 Tour de France turned out to be a bittersweet experience for Pingeon: he won the race overall, but his teammate Tom Simpson famously died on Mont Ventoux on stage 13.
Pingeon finished second in the 1969 Tour, behind Eddy Merckx, but went on to win the Vuelta a Espana that year. He won a total of four Tour stages and two Vuelta stages in his career. Pingeon’s career was marred by a suspension for doping after testing positive for ampethamines in 1970. He retired in 1974.