Andre Darrigade

BornJuly 28, 1929 in Narrosse, France
DiedFebruary 19, 2020 in Narrosse, France
CareerProfessional cyclist (1950-1966)
TeamsAutomoto, Mercier, Helyett, Leroux, Saint-Raphaël, and Peugeot
Major Wins22 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:

1956Winner of Paris-Tours
1957Winner of Paris-Tours
1958Winner of Paris-Tours
1959World Champion
1959Winner of Paris-Roubaix
1959Winner of 3 Tour de France stages
1961Winner of 2 Tour de France stages

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