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Tom Simpson
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- J. Bruce Fox
 Added: Nov. 30, 2016

- Summer
 Added: Nov. 30, 2015

- Lana79
 Added: Oct. 10, 2015

- K-Coe
 Added: Jul. 13, 2015
Remembering you, Tom, 48 years after your climb on Mont Ventoux....
- Heidi B
 Added: Jul. 13, 2015

- R I P
 Added: Nov. 30, 2014
Rest in peace.
- Michael
 Added: May. 11, 2014

- Debi
 Added: Nov. 30, 2013

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Aug. 19, 2013
Today, a Brit climbed Mont Ventoux in the world's greatest cycle race. I am sure you were looking down and had enormous pride as he finished in the Maillot Jaune. Rest in eternal peace Tom.
- Heidi B
 Added: Jul. 14, 2013
On the 46th anniversary of your passing, we remember your grace, style and tenacious spirit. On the eve of the climb up Mont Ventoux, your friends and fans wish you everlasting peace.
- Phil
 Added: Jul. 13, 2013
I'm sorry you left us so suddenly at such a young age, Tom. Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Feb. 20, 2013

- Troll'sBridge
 Added: Sep. 29, 2012

- Lance
 Added: Jul. 24, 2012

- 2kjmom
 Added: Jul. 13, 2012

- tup tim
 Added: Jul. 13, 2012
- Antoine
 Added: May. 28, 2012

- LeeAnn
 Added: Nov. 30, 2011

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Nov. 30, 2011

- Paul
 Added: Oct. 18, 2011
A tragic loss to British cycling. Your lion hearted bravery on Mount Ventoux will never be forgotten. RIP Tom.
- Robert Turner
 Added: May. 29, 2011

- Kathleen Fleury Bilbrey
 Added: Jan. 31, 2011

- Tracey Reid
 Added: Nov. 30, 2010

- lisa greenman
 Added: Jul. 14, 2010

- Kat
 Added: Jul. 13, 2010
Rest In Peace Tom, at least your in good company with your mum & dad and your cousin nearby you. Hope your up there cycling again.A Family Member. X
 Added: Apr. 22, 2010

- Happy Heavenly Birthday Dearest Angel~Rhonda Sue
 Added: Nov. 30, 2009
Today you are honored. May you be in peace!
- Shelley Hill
 Added: Jul. 13, 2009

- Kat
 Added: Jul. 8, 2009
rest in peace.
- Watching Angels
 Added: Jan. 28, 2009
Thinking of you, dear in peace and God bless. xxx
- Coral
 Added: Dec. 13, 2008

- Kelli C
 Added: Nov. 30, 2008
dear tom its sad to go the way you did but you went with the bulldog sprit that mack us brits GREAT keep cycling in heaven god bless
- peter cooper
 Added: Oct. 12, 2008
Prayers and Blessings!
- Gare Kunert Allen
 Added: Jul. 13, 2008

- LeadingLights
 Added: Jul. 13, 2008

 Added: May. 14, 2008
What a tragedy. Rest in peace.
- Ken MacLeod
 Added: Mar. 25, 2008

- Carol Holmes Keene
 Added: Mar. 9, 2008

- anny
 Added: Feb. 15, 2008

- Dragon
 Added: Feb. 1, 2008

- gaby hayes
 Added: Nov. 30, 2007

- Kathie
 Added: Nov. 30, 2007

- Kat
 Added: Nov. 30, 2007

- Dave Reno
 Added: Jul. 13, 2007

- C
 Added: Jul. 13, 2007
Tom Simpson was the first truly great English road professional. He turned professional in 1960 after an amateur career which included an Olympic bronze medal in the 1956 team pursuit and a silver in the individual pursuit in the 1958 Commonwealth Games. He lacked only the ability to climb strongly , which meant he was more suited to the one day classics than the major tours... In 1962 he became the first Britain to wear the maillot jaune in the Tour de France, although he held onto it for only one day he finished in 6th place overall. In 1965 he won the Tour of Lombardy and became World Road Race Champion, a staggering achievement when one considers he had been involved in a fall in the Tour de France and seriously injured his arm. He refused to abandon, as the doctors advised, and rode on for several days until too weak to continue. He was rushed to hospital, where it looked as though the badly infected arm might have to be amputated. Tom Simpson did not give up easily. The 1967 Tour saw Simpson more determined than ever to do well in the Tour. Although riding with a weak British team, at least Simpson could guarantee loyalty from his team mates, and things were going to plan. Lying in 7th place overall, the 13th stage on July 13th was from Marseille to Carpentras. On the route however, was a seventy five kilometre loop which crossed the 6,200 foot summit of Mount Ventoux. Inevitably the mountain was to be the day's battle theatre. It was desperately hot and heavy (a thermometer outside a restaurant on Ventoux showed 55C) which was always going to be exaggerated on the bare, bleached mountain slopes with no trees for shade and the sun reflecting off the limestone surface. Poulidor and Jimenez attacked early and the peloton broke. Two small groups went in pursuit of them and Simpson was in the next wave of chasers. Earlier, at the start of the climb there had been a traditional raid on a café. Uncharacteristically Simpson (who had warned his teammates earlier in the day about eating ice creams) drank a little Cognac from a bottle being passed around. He was not going well, but kept attacking his group in a desperate effort to bridge the gap to the chasers, tantalisingly in sight. Several people from the crowd ran out to push him up the slope, but already he was beyond that sort of help. Three kilometres from the summit he fell. "Put me back on my bike," he said to the crowd. A further kilometre on and he collapsed a second time, unconscious and, in spite of the crowds and the Tour doctor Pierre Dumas' efforts he was never to recover. A post mortum confirmed that a certain quantity of amphetamine and methylamphetamine had been discovered in his blood. The same experts confirmed that the dosage would not have been enough, by itself, to kill him but would have permitted him to pass the limit of his endurance and therefore allow him to fall victim of to excessive exhaustion. The shock of Simpson's death is still etched on the minds of a generation of the British and French public. Simpson had been as much part of the 1960's British image as the Beatles, Mary Quant and Twiggy. His presence in races guaranteed huge crowds and he had won the national Sports personality of the year (a domain usually reserved for footballers).the above Commemorative is from the Daily Peleton pro cycling web site
- Big Lad's Dad
 Added: May. 27, 2007

- kate4203
 Added: Mar. 22, 2007

- Chloe Moore
 Added: Nov. 30, 2006
Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Jul. 13, 2006

- Erika Sauve
 Added: Jul. 13, 2006
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