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André Darrigade, 83 today!

Long before the days of Mark Cavendish, this guy was winning sprints and taking green jerseys, the hard way!

“On July 19, 1958 the Tour finished at the Parc des Princes in western Paris. The 70-year-old secratary general of the stadium, Constant Wouters ran across the grass in the centre of the ground to prevent photographers encroaching on the track. The journalists hid the riders and Wouters from each other and Darrigade rode into Wouters as he stepped on to the track. Darrigade was lifted from his bike and turned round and Wouters thrown into the air. Both fell heavily and were taken to hospital. Wouters was treated at the nearby Boucicaut medical centre but died on 31 July. Darrigade cracked his skull and broke ribs. He was able to return before the end of the meeting to take a lap of honour”.

He also kept some pretty good company (L-R Darrigade, Bobet and Anquetil)

French National Team. Tour de France 1958.

Happy Birthday!