Comment: Why we should all take a moment to remember Tom Simpson

On Thursday July 13, 1967, British cyclist Tom Simpson died near the top Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France. Fifty years on, his life will be remembered by lots of people in lots of different ways. This is why I think it’s important that Simpson, his career and his death, should be remembered

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Fifty years ago today a young Tom Simpson died while racing the Tour de France, collapsing on the higher slopes of Mont Ventoux from the combined effects of heat, exhaustion and having alcohol and drugs in his system. He died while being transferred to hospital. It’s a well-known story that’s been told many times.

The Tour de France didn’t mark or remember his death at the start in Pau today, and this year’s route isn’t going to Mont Ventoux.

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