1965 Tour... The Phoenix Rises in the Pyrenees

Soaring in the Pyrenees.

Felice Gimondi, turned Pro in 1965 and it was a memorable start for The Phoenix.

He had the winning credentials after victory in the mini Tour de France... the 1964 Tour de l'Avenir. Before the 1965 Tour, Gimondi was added to the Tour due to a withdrawal from another cyclist. He went on to score a spectacular victory including three stages ahead of Raymond Poulidor.

The top three riders of the race (l to r); Gianni Motta (3rd overall), Raymond Poulidor (2nd overall), winner Felice Gimondi and Roger Pingeon (12th overall) soared in the Pyrenees.