|Born||July 28, 1929 in Narrosse, France|
|Died||February 19, 2020 in Narrosse, France|
|Career||Professional cyclist (1950-1966)|
|Teams||Automoto, Mercier, Helyett, Leroux, Saint-Raphaël, and Peugeot|
|Major Wins||22 stages at the Tour de France, 1 World Championship (1959), 1 Paris-Roubaix (1959), 3 Paris-Tours (1956, 1957, 1958)|
André Darrigade was a French professional cyclist who was born in Narrosse, France, on July 28, 1929. In the 1950s, he began his cycling career and was recognized as one of the greatest sprinters of his era. Over his career, Darrigade rode for numerous teams, including Automoto, Mercier, Helyett, Leroux, Saint-Raphal, and Peugeot.
Twenty-two stage victories in the Tour de France were Darrigade’s greatest career accomplishments. In addition, he won three Paris-Tours races in 1956, 1957, and 1958, one Paris-Roubaix race in 1959, and the World Championship in the same year.
Darrigade was renowned for his explosive finishes and remarkable sprinting skills. Also, he was a highly versatile cyclist who could both climb mountains and ride on flat terrain. After retiring from riding, Darrigade was a competent carpenter and operated a furniture-making business in addition to his cycling accomplishments.
Andre Darrigade’s Greatest Achievements:
|1956||Winner of Paris-Tours|
|1957||Winner of Paris-Tours|
|1958||Winner of Paris-Tours|
|1959||Winner of Paris-Roubaix|
|1959||Winner of 3 Tour de France stages|
|1961||Winner of 2 Tour de France stages|
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