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Tom Simpson

Full name: Thomas "Tom" Simpson
Nickname(s): Mister Tom / Four-Stone Coppi
Gender: Male
Born: November 30, 1937 in Haswell, County Durham, Great Britain
Died: July 13, 1967 in Mont Ventoux, Vaucluse, France
Affiliations: Scala Wheelers, Rotherham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Cycling

Related Olympians: Uncle of Matthew Gilmore.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Tommy Simpson was the first truly great British 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 at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. In 1962 he became the first Briton to wear the maillot jaune at the Tour de France, though he held it but a day. His greatest year was 1965 when he won the Giro di Lombardia and the World Championship road race. Those wins occurred after a disastrous fall in the Tour de France when doctors feared they might need to amputate his arm. His other palmarès included Paris-Nice in 1967; Milano-Sanremo in 1964; the 1961 Ronde de Vlaanderen; and Bordeaux-Paris in 1963. In 1967, Simpson was ascending Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France when he collapsed and fell from his bike. He could not be revived and died that day. He was later found to have been quite heavily drugged with stimulants and his death was directly responsible for many of the anti-drug regulations put in place by international sporting organizations. A memorial to Simpson was placed on Mont Ventoux near where he collapsed.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Cycling Great Britain GBR Final Round Match 3/4 1 4:42.2
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Cycling Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 2 4:40.6
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Cycling Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 4:48.8
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Cycling Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:52.0
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