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Roger Pingeon, winner of the Tour de France dies

France 3/Scoop, Mar 20

Former cycling champion Roger Pingeon, winner of the 1967 Tour de France, died on Saturday night from a heart attack at the age of 77.

He worked for 10 years at the Hérault departmental sports office, between 1990 and 2000. 

Every year, since 1996, a race takes place in his name in Gignac. The next one will begin on 31 March.

Roger is the third winner of the Tour de France to die this winter, after Swiss Ferdi Kübler (97 years, winner in 1950) on December 30, then Roger Walkowiak (89 years old, winner In 1956) on 7 February.

The local mayor in his home town said "He was a very humble person who had been able to integrate well into the life of the village and in particular to the life of associations, and this year he was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his victory”.

Nicknamed "the wader" because of his long legs, Roger Pingeon claimed the Tour victory in 1967. Prone to mood swings, he once threw his bike down a ravine in frustration.

He died from a heart attack this weekend.


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