Former professional Vin Denson is recovering from a stroke at his Essex home.

Denson, now  78, the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour of Italy in 1960s, spent several days recovering in hospital recently.

He had been feeling unwell for some months and had turned down an invitation to attend the 100th anniversary Tour de France celebrations on the Champs Elysees with other compatriots of his era.

Denson famously rode for two of the biggest names of the 60s, Belgian Rik Van Looy followed by France’s five times Tour winner, Jacques Anquetil in a succession of Grand Tours.

He was also a friend and teammate of Tom Simpson who died in 1967 Tour de France.

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  • irene

    Hi vin thought you had gone off radar we met some years ago at the Roller Bowl in Romford sorry to hear about your stroke. Irene

  • john burgess

    could you please pass on my email address to vin denson if any off his family would like to get in touch with me, i would like to hear from them,regards john brother in law to vin.

  • john burgess

    hi vin, only found out to day that you have been ill sorry to hear,hope you are on the mend and getting back on bike again, i only found out by typing your name on computor give my regards to all your family , from your brother in law john burgess.

  • Mrs A Simmons

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been so ill, i have tried to contact you so i hope you read this. Your Mother and my Grandmother were sisters. My mother was always talking about you and your live in chester. I have a lovely photo of you with you mum { aunt sally } Dad ,brother and i sister. I would love to speak to your, ANNETTE SIMMONS

  • Alan Dawson

    Have not seen you around now I know why.
    You will over come as you always do.
    Lets see you around soon! From your
    old mate Big Al.

  • michael baker

    Vin Denson, One of the great unsung heroes of British cycling. Without him, Brian Robinson and Tom Simpson as pathfinders, we would not be enjoying our present success. Mike Baker, VCC.

  • Ron Hubbard

    As a member of the Redbridge CC I wish Vin a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on his bike in the Essex lanes he loves so well.

  • steve clarke

    Sorry to hear news.
    Hope you feel better soon Vin, remember all the cycling community are wishing you well.

    Steve Clarke
    Bristol South CC

  • charles

    Met him a few years ago at the Lea Valley Cycling Club reunion.I bought his book,I hope he gets better soon,a really nice bloke

  • Ken Evans

    Get well soon mate.

  • Pete

    Wishing all the best to Vin. I used to meet him regularly, he’s a lovely fellow.

  • GeoUU

    Nice guy!
    Only met him once, at the Mildenhall Rally 3 years ago and he was so willing to chat.
    Great book if anyone’s not yet read it……’The Full Cycle’, by Vin.
    First perspective picture of how it was in ‘the old days’ on the Continent.
    His name and pictures were well documented in the cycling mags of the 50s & 60s.
    Get well!!

  • Toddy

    Hope Vin gets better real soon, and makes a full recovery.

    It’s guys like Vin and Brian Robinson who started our cycling history.
    Least we can do is show our support.