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 Tom Simpson

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Tom Simpson Famous memorial

Birth
Haswell, Durham Unitary Authority, County Durham, England
Death
13 Jul 1967 (aged 29)
Departement du Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Burial
Harworth, Bassetlaw District, Nottinghamshire, England
Memorial ID
6621069 View Source

World Road Race Champion in 1965. He died during Stage 13 of the Tour de France bicycle race in 1967, caused by a fatal cardiac arrest. In the thirteenth stage of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson collapsed and died during the ascent of Mont Ventoux. He was 29 years old. The post-mortem examination found that he had mixed amphetamines and alcohol; this diuretic combination proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint. A memorial near where he died has become a place of pilgrimage for many cyclists. Simpson was known to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career, when no doping controls existed. He is held in high esteem by many cyclists for his character and will to win.

World Road Race Champion in 1965. He died during Stage 13 of the Tour de France bicycle race in 1967, caused by a fatal cardiac arrest. In the thirteenth stage of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson collapsed and died during the ascent of Mont Ventoux. He was 29 years old. The post-mortem examination found that he had mixed amphetamines and alcohol; this diuretic combination proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint. A memorial near where he died has become a place of pilgrimage for many cyclists. Simpson was known to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career, when no doping controls existed. He is held in high esteem by many cyclists for his character and will to win.

Bio by: Attila Kiss

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Attila Kiss
  • Added: 19 Jul 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6621069
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6621069/tom-simpson: accessed ), memorial page for Tom Simpson (30 Nov 1937–13 Jul 1967), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6621069, citing Harworth Cemetery, Harworth, Bassetlaw District, Nottinghamshire, England; Maintained by Find a Grave .